Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Kill the Moose, Save the Planet

From Der Spiegel Online:
Norway's Moose Population in Trouble for Belching

The poor old Scandinavian moose is now being blamed for climate change, with researchers in Norway claiming that a grown moose can produce 2,100 kilos of methane a year -- equivalent to the CO2 output resulting from a 13,000 kilometer car journey.
YEP. Now its the moose's fault for global warming. Years before, it was the lowly cow that was to blame for the vast amounts of methane, along with various other "greenhouse molecules", that was present in the atmosphere causing global warming.

Question. How can you equate a level of methane with a level of CO2? C02 is made up of carbon and oxygen. Methane is made up of hydrogen and oxygen molecules. They behave differently. They reside at different levels of the atmosphere.
Norwegian newspapers, citing research from Norway's technical university, said a motorist would have to drive 13,000 kilometers in a car to emit as much CO2 as a moose does in a year.

Much like cows, bacteria in a moose's stomach create methane gas which is considered even more destructive to the environment than carbon gas. Cows pose the same problem.
So, therefore, if you want to take an extended vacation, for say 13,000 km, then go kill yourself a moose. Better yet, raise up a pack of them and save them for a rainy day. I heard moose makes great hamburgers.

So, you may ask does Norway plan to save our planet from these vial and deadly creatures? Oh, yes, you bet they do....
Norway has some 120,000 moose but an estimated 35,000 are expected to be killed in this year's moose hunting season, which starts on September 25, Norwegian newspaper VG reported.
So, obviously it isn't that big of a problem then if they are going to maintain a population of 90,000 or so a year for hunting purposes. But, I thought global warming due to methane was the defining moment of today?

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