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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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Methane Gas in Canada?
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 12/16/2006 9:24:48 AM , Rating: 2
Michael,

Have you read or heard about the recent findings that an enormous amount of methane is being released from the Canadian tundra as it warms up? I saw a relatively small post about this in Science earlier this year, but I have heard virtually nothing about it since.

Kristopher




RE: Methane Gas in Canada?
By masher2 (blog) on 12/18/2006 9:05:28 AM , Rating: 1
I've been reading about methane clathrates for a while now. In the 1990s, research established methane releases from them as the cause of the PETM (Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum) which occurred 50-odd million years ago. They're also believed to been the cause of a much large warming in the Permian, which killed off most of the species on the planet.


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