Methane levels

A quick take of the map shows that a good bit of surface methane (above) comes from Europe and Asia. Forgive me if my geography is wrong but is the red spot Baghdad? If so can we blame global warming on sunni insurgents? Looks like America, which produces a lot of beef, has much lower levels of methane. The bottom graph is stratospheric levels of methane. From Wikipedia.

The real cause for global warming?

This is just great. Apparently the culprit responsible for more greenhouse gases than any other source is not cars, factories, planes, even right-wing capitalists.

This is an interesting twist, in that it is apparently a man-made phenomenon. The replacing of forests with cattle farms and the wastes that it produces (methane has 20 times more warming power than carbon dioxide) could double this damage by 2050.

All this according to our good friends at the UN.

So we don’t need to search for alternative energy sources, but instead need to genetically engineer a cow with less flatulence. Call your Senators and get us back to the table at Kyoto.

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