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Cows absolved of causing global warming with nitrous oxide (Cows good, grass bad?)
TelegraphUK ^ | 7:00AM BST 08 Apr 2010 | Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent

Posted on 04/08/2010 5:07:48 AM PDT by Gordon Greene

Livestock could actually be good for the environment according to a new study that found grazing cows or sheep can cut emissions of a powerful greenhouse gas.

In the past environmentalists, from Lord Stern to Sir Paul McCartney, have urged people to stop eating meat because the methane produced by cattle causes global warming.

However a new study found that cattle grazed on the grasslands of China actually reduce another greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide.

Authors of the paper, published in Nature, say the research does not mean that producing livestock to eat is good for the environment in all countries. However in certain circumstances, it can be better for global warming to let animals graze on grassland.

The research will reignite the argument over whether to eat red meat after other studies suggested that grass fed cattle in the UK and US can also be good for the environment as long as the animals are free range.

Klaus Butterbach-Bahl, of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, carried out the study in Inner Mongolia in China. He found that grassland produced more nitrous oxide during the spring thaw when sheep or cattle have not been grazing. This is because the greenhouse gas, also known as laughing gas, is released by microbes in the soil. When the grass is long snow settles keeping the microbes warm and providing water, however when the grass is cut short by animals the ground freezes and the microbes die.

Dr Butterbach-Bahl said the study overturned assumptions about grazing goats and cattle.

"It's been generally assumed that if you increase livestock numbers you get a rise in emissions of nitrous oxide. This is not the case," he said...

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: algore; enviromoralist; globalwarming; methane
NOT SO FAST... read the story. It seems now that grass is bad for the environment. Idiots!
1 posted on 04/08/2010 5:07:49 AM PDT by Gordon Greene
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To: Gordon Greene

Daughter blames mother for global warming
By Dr. Paul Donohue
SPECIAL TO THE POST-DISPATCH
01/27/2010

Dear Dr. Donohue - My daughter complains that I flatulate more often than most individuals. Furthermore, she claims that the gas an individual passes contributes to global warming. I don’t know if I am physically able to keep my gas to myself to go green. Is my daughter really right?


2 posted on 04/08/2010 5:10:14 AM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: Gordon Greene
greenhouse gas, also known as laughing gas, is released by microbes in the soil

All this nature is going to kill us!

3 posted on 04/08/2010 5:10:55 AM PDT by HospiceNurse
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To: Gordon Greene
This is because the greenhouse gas, also known as laughing gas, is released by microbes in the soil.

Now THAT'S laughable.

4 posted on 04/08/2010 5:11:14 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Gordon Greene

The author must be doing whippies....


5 posted on 04/08/2010 5:12:32 AM PDT by freebilly (No wonder the left has a boner for Obama. There's CIALIS in soCIALISt....)
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To: Gordon Greene
Good lord, these morons are tireless in their idiocy. Cows good, grass bad, grass bad, cows good, global warming, global cooling, more ice, less ice, more snow, less snow, more rain, less rain.

The only constant in their "science" is man bad.

6 posted on 04/08/2010 5:14:01 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Gordon Greene

Ah, now grass is bad? How long before these people figure out that our ecosystem is so complex that neither cows, nor grass, nor termites, nor humans are “bad” for the environment?


7 posted on 04/08/2010 5:17:40 AM PDT by FourPeas (God Bless America)
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To: Gordon Greene; Nervous Tick; Amagi; Beowulf; Tunehead54; Clive; Fractal Trader; tubebender; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

8 posted on 04/08/2010 5:17:57 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (Warmists as "traffic light" apocalyptics: "Greens too yellow to admit they're really Reds."-Monckton)
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To: Gordon Greene
I'll take care of the cow issue..


9 posted on 04/08/2010 5:27:30 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA, Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: maddog55

Make mine medium rare, please.


10 posted on 04/08/2010 5:28:29 AM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - I have a theory about how Darwin evolved... more soon.)
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To: Gordon Greene
...does not mean that producing livestock to eat is good for the environment in all countries...

Ah, the "all countries are equal, but some countries are more equal than others" argument.

11 posted on 04/08/2010 5:34:02 AM PDT by C210N (A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: Gordon Greene
Doesn't this just make the point that it foolish to accept any of this environmental nonsense the minute it is published? We went from global cooling to global warming in what - just over a decade?

Yet every time some environmental whack job publishes something, the idiot faction (mainly Washington liberals) think it must be accepted on as Gospel and acted on immediately.

There ought to be a law passed that no environmental theory can become regulation or law until it has survived scrutiny for at least fifteen years.

12 posted on 04/08/2010 5:37:30 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Gordon Greene

Cows good, grass good, lying libturds bad.

I wonder why the planet didn’t explode when grass and buffalo covered the plains.


13 posted on 04/08/2010 5:39:33 AM PDT by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: Gordon Greene

Not really... It jsut suggests that manicured lawns are better than wild prairies.


14 posted on 04/08/2010 5:49:56 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dead

15 posted on 04/08/2010 5:56:41 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Gordon Greene
Cow + Nitrous Oxide =
16 posted on 04/08/2010 5:57:49 AM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: Gordon Greene

Klaus Butterbach-Bahl? He’s probably just a front for the German turkey industry. You know, those Butterback-bahl turkeys.


17 posted on 04/08/2010 8:27:40 AM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: Gordon Greene

I don’t care how much nitrous they make, I’m not putting my face up a cow’s butt to get high.


18 posted on 04/08/2010 8:29:58 AM PDT by RichInOC ("C'm'on, baby, give Daddy some lovin'." "Moooooooo!"))
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To: maddog55

Yer a patriot. Next up: barbecue sauce is good for The Environment...


19 posted on 04/08/2010 8:46:24 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: dead

There are two constants at work, not just one.

The true scientists are searching for the truth of this issue, no matter where the search leads.

The others, who merely call themselves scientists, are campaigning to control us, no matter what tool, global warming, gun control, health care, they need to reach that goal.


20 posted on 04/08/2010 8:58:32 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: Gordon Greene

I find myself wishing for a massive volcanic eruption to occur to put these environazis in their place by showing them how little we can affect the environment.


21 posted on 04/08/2010 9:26:00 AM PDT by kickstart ("A gun is a tool. It is only as good or as bad as the man who uses it" . Alan Ladd in 'Shane')
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To: Gordon Greene

Since 80% of natural methane comes from swamplands.

So the obvious thing to do is drain all the wetland to save the environment.


22 posted on 04/08/2010 9:46:49 AM PDT by grjr21
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To: dangus

Nah... the end result is if the grass grows we have more greenhouse gas so the grass must die along with the cows, the cars, the people, the termites, and anything else living, breathing or moving. Sheer idiocy any way you cut it (pun intended).


23 posted on 04/08/2010 4:55:16 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - I have a theory about how Darwin evolved... more soon.)
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24 posted on 04/08/2010 6:08:11 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I am Ellie Light. I hate slow drivers.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Gordon Greene
DUUUUUUUUUUDE!!!!!
Cows like, reduce nitrous oxide aka NAWZ?!!!
We gotta stop 'em!!


25 posted on 04/08/2010 7:27:19 PM PDT by uglybiker (BACON!!)
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To: I cannot think of a name
We went from global cooling to global warming in what - just over a decade?

IMHO, that was the result of the USSR's Venera 7 probe in 1970 measuring the surface temperature of Venus. Temps on Venus were high enough to melt lead.

Our scientists switched from New Ice Age to Catastrophic Global Warming very quickly, and AGW has been the touchstone ever since.

26 posted on 04/09/2010 4:38:20 PM PDT by Ole Okie (t)
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To: kickstart

My wish came true! I think I will wish for a million $$ in the lottery.


27 posted on 04/17/2010 8:57:49 AM PDT by kickstart ("A gun is a tool. It is only as good or as bad as the man who uses it" . Alan Ladd in 'Shane')
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