Thursday, March 20, 2008

Meat and methane

If you haven't yet realized the environmental consequences of a carnivorous diet, take a pause before your next tasty mouthful and think about the global warming it will cause.

In Climate change experts target cow flatulence, the Telegraph reports on research being conducted in Scotland to reduce the amount of methane a cow produces. They report that a cow has the same impact on greenhouse warming as the average family car.

I asked for clarification on this. Apparently these figures were based on a cow producing 400L of methane per day, and a car that does 12,000 miles per year. The cows daily impact on global warming is 1.6 times as great as the car travelling 33 miles a day.

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