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Rice an unlikely global warming culprit (methane)
AFP ^ | Dec 4, 2009 | Karl Malakunas

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.

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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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agriculture; asia; farm; farming; methane; philippines; rice

1 posted on 12/05/2009 6:55:32 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon; steelyourfaith; xcamel

Plight on rice ping.


2 posted on 12/05/2009 6:56:13 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon; TenthAmendmentChampion; Horusra; Delacon; Thunder90; Entrepreneur; Defendingliberty; ...
Thanx !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

3 posted on 12/05/2009 6:58:41 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Time to prosecute Al Gore now that fellow scam artist Bernie Madoff is in stir.)
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To: decimon

I was going to say, “You just can’t make this stuff up.” Obviously, though, someone has.


4 posted on 12/05/2009 7:00:23 AM PST by Clara Lou
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To: decimon
LOS BANOS, Philippines

There's a city called "the bathroom" in the Philippines??????????

5 posted on 12/05/2009 7:00:56 AM PST by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: decimon

The only time these asses are right is when they credit GW to bullsh*t


6 posted on 12/05/2009 7:01:18 AM PST by Tribune7 (God bless Carrie Prejean)
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To: decimon

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!!!

Please??????

We’ll see what happens ............


7 posted on 12/05/2009 7:06:29 AM PST by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: decimon
Liberals now want Asians to starve in the name of their disproven anthropogenic global warming theory! They blame everything in the world on human existence... from industrialization to driving cars to producing meat and milk and now rice! These people should hear how ridiculous they sound!

"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

8 posted on 12/05/2009 7:06:41 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

“These people should hear how ridiculous they sound! “

How could they,

when they are deaf?


9 posted on 12/05/2009 7:08:11 AM PST by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: goldstategop
Bull farts are going to kill us! I call Bulls**t on that!,and the two are inseparable!
10 posted on 12/05/2009 7:12:07 AM PST by Quickgun (As a former fetus, I'm opposed to abortion. Pray for Obama,Psalms109:8)
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To: decimon

Big Rice seems to have a stronger lobby than Big Oil.


11 posted on 12/05/2009 7:14:42 AM PST by Always Right
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To: decimon

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.


12 posted on 12/05/2009 7:14:47 AM PST by abclily
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To: decimon

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.’


13 posted on 12/05/2009 7:17:08 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: decimon

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.


14 posted on 12/05/2009 7:17:41 AM PST by Venturer
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To: decimon

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.

/s


15 posted on 12/05/2009 7:18:12 AM PST by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: raybbr
There's a city called "the bathroom" in the Philippines??????????

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.

16 posted on 12/05/2009 7:20:26 AM PST by decimon
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To: Blueflag
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.

Those "littoral mud-flats" are called "wetlands" and have federal protection. Can't be blaming them for any Glo-Bull warming now.

17 posted on 12/05/2009 7:49:15 AM PST by CurlyDave
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To: Venturer
Wiping out mankind is clearly their objective.
  1. Rice farming -> Grain for people
  2. Cows -> Meat and milk for people
  3. Garbage Dumps -> Detritus from people

See if you can locate the common link!

18 posted on 12/05/2009 7:51:41 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: decimon
Japanese rice farmers are noted for both tenacity (just ask Narita airport!) and for high intelligence — I believe that Japan is the only country on earth where farmers have their own daily newspaper, the 日本農業新聞; its website is here, and by happenstance, the prize-winning first picture from a photo feature that they are currently running is of rice plants:

The 農業新聞 garnered a prize from a Japanese photo society for this and another picture.

(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.)

19 posted on 12/05/2009 7:55:57 AM PST by snowsislander
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To: raybbr

There is also a Los Banos in California.


20 posted on 12/05/2009 8:02:20 AM PST by BigBobber
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To: snowsislander
Japanese rice farmers are noted for both tenacity (just ask Narita airport!) and for high intelligence...

Maybe they can find a way to trap the methane for use as fuel.

21 posted on 12/05/2009 8:03:22 AM PST by decimon
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To: raybbr
There's a city called "the bathroom" in the Philippines

And one in California. Go figure.

22 posted on 12/05/2009 8:36:55 AM PST by A message
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To: decimon

From the headline I thought Condi had a severe flatulence problem.


23 posted on 12/05/2009 9:11:09 AM PST by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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To: CurlyDave

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


24 posted on 12/05/2009 11:19:22 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: decimon

ping for later]


25 posted on 12/05/2009 7:17:59 PM PST by JewishRighter
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