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Trees found to be emitting methane gas (Now the trees are part of the GW conspiracy)
WTNH.com ^ | Sunday, 19 Aug 2012 | N/A

Posted on 08/19/2012 4:52:40 AM PDT by raybbr

UNION, Conn. (AP) — It's time to add gassy trees to the list of climate concerns.

According to a new study by Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, diseased trees may be releasing unusually large amounts of methane gas into the air. If the data holds up, it could alter forest management strategies around the world and change the calculations for how much trees are able to offset carbon emissions.

"If we're using forests as a climate mitigation tool, we have to know what we're getting," said Kristofer Covey, a Ph.D. candidate who worked on the study. "Carbon offsets could be changed somewhat by this."

To be sure, the new findings don't negate the beneficial aspects of trees, which absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. But it may give foresters some pause in thinking about what mix of age and species of trees is ideal for the environment.

"There's methane sneaking out the back door," Covey said, ushering visitors along a hiking trail at the 7,800-acre Yale-Myers Forest in northeastern Connecticut. "This is a very preliminary study, but there's a potential for this to be widespread. What we'd like to do is put together a global assessment, looking at a bunch of questions."

As with many scientific endeavors, the methane discovery happened by accident. Robert Warren, a former postdoctoral researcher at Yale, was showing some students at the forest how to take tree core samples. Suddenly, one of the trees began to spit out gas.

One of Warren's students decided to see if the gas was flammable by lighting it, and a moment later, "there was this flame coming out of the tree," said Mark Bradford, an assistant professor of terrestrial ecosystem ecology at Yale. "Robert called me up and asked what the heck was going on."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: globalwanking
I wonder if the methane doesn't escape unless you drill holes into the tree?
1 posted on 08/19/2012 4:52:43 AM PDT by raybbr
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To: raybbr

These “experts” didn’t know that decaying matter produces methane? Obviously, they aren’t country boys.


2 posted on 08/19/2012 4:56:11 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee
These “experts” didn’t know that decaying matter produces methane? Obviously, they aren’t country boys.

No, the are from Yale. The smartest people in the world. /s

3 posted on 08/19/2012 4:57:52 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: raybbr

Tree farts. Who wudda thunk it?


4 posted on 08/19/2012 4:58:46 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: raybbr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6dm9rN6oTs


5 posted on 08/19/2012 5:00:42 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: raybbr
This is the EPA's proposal for controlling cow methane.
I wonder how they'll 'manage' the trees?





/s

6 posted on 08/19/2012 5:07:07 AM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: raybbr

7 posted on 08/19/2012 5:17:05 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: raybbr
One of Warren's students decided to see if the gas [from trees] was flammable by lighting it [the tree], and a moment later, "there was this flame coming out of the tree," ... "Robert called me up and asked what the heck was going on."

Hey trees are flammable!!! What a discovery!!! Science marches on at Yale.

8 posted on 08/19/2012 5:20:04 AM PDT by HarleyD
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To: raybbr

“It’s time to add gassy trees to the list of climate concerns.”

Because the trees in the Land of Oz told them so?


9 posted on 08/19/2012 5:23:01 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth again.)
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To: raybbr

They are surprised? Next thing you know, they’ll be claiming swamps and landfills give off methane.


10 posted on 08/19/2012 5:42:18 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: equaviator

Need another reason to waste taxpayer money. Now each Forestry Service person must be equipped with a $20,000 portable methane sensor to decide which trees to terminate. But wait once they kill the tree it will increase the methane out.

As one posted, Yale....... /s


11 posted on 08/19/2012 5:44:52 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: dirtboy
Tree farts.

Sounds right based on this.

"There's methane sneaking out the back door," I know cows and humans have back doors, but who's a thunk trees do, too?

12 posted on 08/19/2012 5:46:03 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: raybbr

It’s a wonder this poor planet managed to survive all those millions of years before the experts came along to help.


13 posted on 08/19/2012 5:51:46 AM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: raybbr

Everything I need to know,I learned from the Pentateuch:

There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. (Exodus 3:2)


14 posted on 08/19/2012 5:54:56 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: raybbr

“Killer trees” indeed. Once again, Ronald Reagan is vindicated.


15 posted on 08/19/2012 5:55:41 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: raybbr

First cattle farts...now trees! Who knew?


16 posted on 08/19/2012 5:57:23 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: raybbr

But it may give foresters some pause in thinking about what mix of age and species of trees is ideal for the environment.


I smell a new mega-government agency being formed to cure this problem.


17 posted on 08/19/2012 5:59:03 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: raybbr

So, all that cutting down of the rain forests in the last century was actually saving the planet.

lol

Idiots in academia.


18 posted on 08/19/2012 6:01:10 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: raybbr
"There's methane sneaking out the back door,"...

SBD. It took a libtard Ph.D. to figure this out?

19 posted on 08/19/2012 6:02:01 AM PDT by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: raybbr
TREES!!


20 posted on 08/19/2012 6:07:38 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: CPOSharky

This is hilarious!


21 posted on 08/19/2012 6:18:58 AM PDT by Shady (The Tea Party is the Party of the American People, Working and creating wealth in SPITE of OBAMA!)
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To: raybbr

Dishonest piece of crap by someone who refused to put their name on it.

Our family is in the tree business with three family members in the forestry business and he is full of crap. These were DISEASED trees with a FUNGUS known as heart rot

he admitted:
“This doesn’t tell us yet about what’s going on in other places,”

NO KIDDING!!!

Student / Doctoral / PhD / 2016
Kristofer “Tofer” Covey

Contact

Email: kristofer.covey@yale.edu
Tel: 518-321-3706

Mailing Address
Yale School of Forestry &
Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
USA

 
Degrees

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT Master of Forestry, 2010. State University of New York at Potsdam, Potsdam, NY BA Physics, 2003


22 posted on 08/19/2012 6:35:06 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: txrefugee

“These “experts” didn’t know that decaying matter produces methane? Obviously, they aren’t country boys.”

It is hilarious except for the fact the piece was written by unnamed people who are obviously being dishonest to make it sound like we are DOOMED by global warming.


23 posted on 08/19/2012 6:39:38 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: raybbr

President Reagan said trees cause pollution and he got laughed at.


24 posted on 08/19/2012 6:43:50 AM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: raybbr

What great news! We’ve got potential energy sources seemingly falling out of the sky of late. No more peak oil!

What do whinging negative leftists do, though? Complain about tree farts.


25 posted on 08/19/2012 6:52:45 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: X-spurt

“This is a very preliminary study, but there’s a potential for this to be widespread. What we’d like to do is put together a global assessment, looking at a bunch of questions.”

Can we all say MASSIVE GOVERMENT GRANT. And it will create thousands of NEW JOBS!

It’s a WIN-WIN


26 posted on 08/19/2012 6:53:22 AM PDT by Artie
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To: equaviator

Yep, bet them crabby old apple trees of Oz could fart like a champ.


27 posted on 08/19/2012 6:54:36 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: TomGuy

“So, all that cutting down of the rain forests in the last century was actually saving the planet.”

I’m getting a dim vision of our pal, Al Gore, wearing a pith helmet slashing his way thru a rainforest with a 3 foot machete.

I need some sleep


28 posted on 08/19/2012 6:58:24 AM PDT by Artie
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To: raybbr

All this time folks been drilling the ground when all they needed was a cordless drill and head for the woods.

This sounds like a full employment program for researchers.


29 posted on 08/19/2012 7:36:33 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: raybbr

These dumb effers are first starting to realize this?


30 posted on 08/19/2012 7:53:54 AM PDT by crz
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To: raybbr
They ridiculed Reagan when he said that trees were producing pollutants. I forget which of his RINO aides is alleged to have pandered to the juvenile humor of the press on a plane by pointing out the window and raising the alarm of “killer trees.”
31 posted on 08/19/2012 8:01:07 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (Romney Sucks. Mutiny Now!)
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To: raybbr
WWMD? What Would Moses Do?


32 posted on 08/19/2012 8:30:00 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: raybbr

“there’s methane sneaking out the back door...”

snort...i’m totally stealing that line!

my grandson is getting tired of “i faarrt in your general
direction...”


33 posted on 08/19/2012 8:47:06 AM PDT by americas.best.days...
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

You just can’t make this stuff up, ping.


34 posted on 08/19/2012 9:11:16 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: raybbr

Them trees are Evil. I’m tellin’ ya!

Not only are they contributing to GW with their methane emisions, but they are also smogging our air with their isoprene emissions that convert to nasty ozone.

http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20020526235808data_trunc_sys.shtml

“Isoprene - C5H8 - is released by the respiration of oak trees and is the second-most abundant naturally produced hydrocarbon (after methane) in our atmosphere,” he continued.

“After a complicated series of chemical reactions, isoprene facilitates ozone production, so increased isoprene means more ozone in the air.”


35 posted on 08/19/2012 9:49:10 AM PDT by Elderberry
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To: raybbr

Isn’t that what Reagan said?


36 posted on 08/19/2012 9:58:28 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrats: Ticket of Dope and Chains.)
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To: Artie

And like every other gubmit grant/program, not one damn thing willl be produced and we’ll end up like Easter Island with no trees.


37 posted on 08/19/2012 10:38:07 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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