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The UN treats us to good news... and bad

Among all the debate on global warming, The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has long been one of the loudest voices. Despite accusations of bias and political motivations, the IPCC has been persuasive in getting many governments to pass environmental legislation.

So when the IPCC releases a new report, downgrading man's impact on the environment by 25% (and lowing predictions of temperature and sea level rise by 50%), one would think this good news would make headline news across the nation. Think otherwise. Such happy news apparently isn't fit for public consumption, according to our mass media.

The media has been even less forthcoming with the details of another UN report, entitled Livestock's Long Shadow. This 400 page report expresses what people who study global warming have long since known-- that the world cattle population is responsible for some 18% of all greenhouse gases, a larger contribution than planes, trains, automobiles, and all other forms of transportation combined.

The report also blames livestock farming for over 100 other polluting gases, including the number one source of ammonia, a major contributor to acid rain. It further blames ranching for deforestation, and ends with a slap at the massive amounts of drinking water used to feed cattle herds, which presumably is taking water from the mouths of thirsty children.

So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds.

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This part is why you won't see CNN reporting on it
By ttowntom on 12/14/2006 1:44:28 PM , Rating: 2
The world cattle population is responsible for some 18% of all greenhouse gases, a larger contribution than planes, trains, automobiles, and all other forms of transportation combined.
If cows are responsible for only 18%, that means cars contribute even less than that. And thats something the media isnt going to let you know about if it can help it.

By Topweasel on 12/14/2006 3:48:52 PM , Rating: 3
What they don't tell you is that one volcanic eruption emits more green house gas then cars and other automobiles ever have. Global warming is really not affected by us.We are still on a natural upswing from a Mini Ice age that lasted from about 1200-1875. Our big issue is with increased temperatures in Local cities. New York for example has gone up 6-8 degrees in a 125 years (2-3 being a natural increase)were as Albany 50 miles away has only increase 1-2 degrees (less then the average). Just the basic heat output from cars (like the engine), air conditioners, body heat, the reflection of sunlight from sky scrapers, all can be having a huge affect on the increase of local temperatures.

Trust me Global warming is the least of our concerns and should in my opinion should be left to Earth to work out. It whole life it has been going through sporadic changes with 10 year spikes in both directions. What I really don't want to see is environmentalists get their way lowering our fuel efficiency (by making us buy E85) restricting our performance (increase emissions rules) and then bask in the glory of being right, when the truth was we hit part of the natural downturn.

By VooDooAddict on 12/14/2006 4:31:40 PM , Rating: 2
Don't ever start out a point with "Trust me..."

By Topweasel on 12/14/2006 5:00:28 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't I made my point and when re-iterating it I used the term trust me. But Honestly just type in Mini ice age into wikipedia or even Global warming. They will both show that we are on a big spike but the world has been full of them and that we are only now hitting a high point in temperature that was hit prior to the Mini Ice age. We cold still be a a year to 10 years from seeing a drop in avg temp but I don't think their is enough proof to say either that we are increasing the temp or that anything we did now would have had any impact on dropping the temp. Honestly as a whole we are too high on ourselves and that this world that has had life living on it for nearly a Billion years with life on it is going to be its own factor in our avg temp.

By masher2 on 12/15/2006 1:27:50 PM , Rating: 1
> "If cows are responsible for only 18%, that means cars contribute even less than that"

Those figures are for anthromorphic greenhouse gas emissions-- those generated only by man. But those are only a few percent of the total. Nature generates many times as much as does mankind.

As a percentage of total greenhouse gas emissions, cattle ranching generates just under 1%, and all forms of transportation combined even less than that.

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