Skip to comments.Rice an unlikely global warming culprit (methane)
Posted on 12/05/2009 6:55:32 AM PST by decimon
LOS BANOS, Philippines (AFP) Asian rice farmers typically do not fly around the world on holidays or own big-engine cars but scientists say they have an important role to play in helping cut the world's output of greenhouse gases.
While much of the globe's focus in the climate change fight is on the burning of fossil fuels and the logging of rainforests, water-logged rice paddies are also a major source of global warming-causing methane.
About 10 percent of the methane comes from rice farming, while other sources include the flatulence of cows and decomposing landfill garbage dumps.
Wassmann said it was essential that rice farmers in Asia and the rest of the world did their bit to tackle climate change, but lumping them in with more obvious, fossil-burning culprits of climate change was wrong.
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Plight on rice ping.
I was going to say, “You just can’t make this stuff up.” Obviously, though, someone has.
There's a city called "the bathroom" in the Philippines??????????
The only time these asses are right is when they credit GW to bullsh*t
Please please please get on Japanese and Chinese TV and tell them that growing rice is a major cause of GW
and that they should reduce or stop!!!
We’ll see what happens ............
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus
“These people should hear how ridiculous they sound! “
How could they,
when they are deaf?
Big Rice seems to have a stronger lobby than Big Oil.
Scientists? Any person who blames the cycles of solar activity on humans is definitely NOT a scientist. That person is mentally handicapped or a blatant liar.
Actually I think these “scientists” ought to look into termites, old-growth forests and littoral mud-flats (i.e, marshes and estuaries) as the terrestrial methane culprits before trying to blame the bacteria in rice fields.
... and then there’s the benthic oceanic sources.
... and what percent of the atmosphere is methane?
.00017% Yep. Roughly two ten-thousandths of 1 percent.
But then again, the author would have to actually READ and be interested in real science to even be aware and cognizant of the ‘truth.’
Geez Edith: I cant eat meat because it produces greenhouse gasses, and now I cant eat rice, My breath contains CO2, and I cant drive because my car pollutes.
I am gonna kill myself and save the world.
Here’s my suggestion:
Outlaw rice (because it harms the environment)
Outlaw beans (same reason — lotsa methane)
Make corn really expensive (gotta have our ethanol)
That way, we can get rid of most of the world’s sub-classes, since those three things make up the bulk of their diet. Problem solved.
Well, a lot of that fertilizer...ever notice those water buffaloes?
In Vietnam there was ground that was concrete-like in the dry season and slime in the rainy season. I figured that ground was 10,000 years worth of cow crap.
Those "littoral mud-flats" are called "wetlands" and have federal protection. Can't be blaming them for any Glo-Bull warming now.
See if you can locate the common link!
(Yes, I am aware of some weekly and monthly farm publications here in the U.S., such as the various state "Market Bulletins" that are published, but I don't know of any daily broadsheets.)
There is also a Los Banos in California.
Maybe they can find a way to trap the methane for use as fuel.
And one in California. Go figure.
From the headline I thought Condi had a severe flatulence problem.
HA! I love it. Federally protected major producers of EEEVVILLLL greenhouse gases.
Wait ‘til they figure that out!
Tidal basin mud flats are among the most prolific methane and H2S producers (gasp) as you know, so these nuts are in a real quandary now!
Perhaps we can genetically engineer new bacteria for mud flats that won’t respire anaerobically?!?!? LOL
ping for later]
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