Holy cow, the world is saved
June 24th 2009 03:09
Global warming will be the death of us all, a slow and painful death caused by the terminal boredom evoked by politicians disagreeing on the fine print of carbon emissions trading.
Much more interesting news is that Canadian scientists are trying to breed a new type of cow that burps less.
As cows are responsible for nearly three-quarters of global methane emissions, and as bovine burps produce a gas about 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide greenhouse gas, this gives the planet hope.
The Canadians, led by Professor Stephen Moore, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, are examining the genes responsible for methane produced from the stomachs of a cow (all four of them) in order to breed more efficient, environmentally friendly animals.
Some tests, using traditional techniques to breed efficient cows, have already been completed with resulting cows producing 25 per cent less methane than less efficient animals. More work has to be done before any long-term impact and implications can be predicted.
Moore's study was published in early 2009 in the Journal of Animal Science.
news.com.au; image: www.digitalworldtokyo.com
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