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It’s hard to believe that belches, farts, and poop from livestock could have any kind of global atmospheric effect, but it’s an issue of scale, and the nature of methane itself.
There are approximately 1.5 billion cows on the planet, each and every one of them expelling upwards of 30 to 50 gallons of methane each day. We typically think of farts as being the culprit, but belches are actually the primary source of cattle-produced methane, accounting for 95 percent of the problematic greenhouse gas.
And problematic it is. Methane is about 30 times more efficient at trapping the Sun’s radiative heat than carbon dioxide over a timescale of about a century. There may be more CO2 in the atmosphere than methane, but by unit, it’s the more destructive greenhouse gas. Both NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System research initiative and the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) contributed to the study.
Wolf’s team re-evaluated the data used to produce the IPCC 2006 methane emissions estimates. The prior estimates were based on relatively modest rates of methane increases from 2000 to 2006, but things changed dramatically afterwards, increasing 10-fold over the course of the next 10 years. The new figures factor an 8.4 percent increase in methane emissions from digestion (otherwise known as “enteric fermentation”) in dairy cows and other cattle, and a 36.7 percent increase in methane from manure, compared to previous IPCC-based estimates. The new report shows that methane accounted for approximately 16 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2016. Other human activities, such as the production and transport of gas, oil and coal, along with the decay of our organic waste, also contribute to global methane emissions.
originally posted by: lakenheath24
Kill off 80% of the population. And I am serious. Peeps may not want to admit it...but we iz bad for the environment.
originally posted by: SpaghettiHero
a reply to: neoholographic
"What exactly does the Government need to do to stop Global Warming?"
Every governing system on Earth needs to enforce tight laws to prevent people breeding over a certain amount.
7billion people is too many and anybody who doesn't see how it's had an impact on the planet is part of the problem.
Either wear a rubber or take out the baby before it knows it's sentient.
With the way things are going global warming will be best solved by a global nuclear war...
Life ends on Earth because people couldn't wear protection, imagine that.
Even if families stopped having kids I think by now the planet is already screwed.
Air travel needs to stop and the forests need to regrow back to how they were before human roamed the planet.