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Monday, April 13, 2009

India's Cows Contributing to Global Warming?

It's been a while since we've posted about Mr. Barky's favorite subject....Cows With Gas! This time, in India!

By burping, belching and excreting copious amounts of methane — a greenhouse gas that traps 20 times more heat than carbon dioxide — India's livestock of roughly 485 million (including sheep and goats) contribute more to global warming than the vehicles they obstruct. With new research suggesting that emission of methane by Indian livestock is higher than previously estimated, scientists are furiously working at designing diets to help bovines and other ruminants eat better, stay more energetic and secrete lesser amounts of the offensive gas.


Bea Elliott said...

The horrible thing about the "sacred" cows in India too... is that eventually they wind up in a very cruel death march to the slaughterhouses...

And the processing of "leather" in India is an ecological nightmare as well. It's all pretty horrible.

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