Dinosaurs' Gaseous Emissions Warmed Earth?

Quicklink submitted by Kyle McDermott     Permalink
Related Topic(s): , Add Tags

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H4 5/8/12

Become a Fan
  (10 fans)


At news.nationalgeographic.com

Living about 150 million years ago, giant plant-eating dinosaurs called sauropods were ruminant, meaning they had a digestive process that gave off large amounts of methane--a potent greenhouse gas even more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. Today cows, goats, sheep, giraffes, and other ruminants contribute to global warming by releasing as much as 50 million to 100 million metric tons of methane per year--a significant chunk of the 500 million to 600 million metric tons emitted annually, mostly due to human activity, according to the World Meteorological Organization. The cud-chewing animals have large forestomachs packed with microbes that break down coarse plant material. The main byproduct of the process is methane--and it's got to go somewhere.

Read the rest of the story HERE:

At news.nationalgeographic.com


 

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this Quicklink has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
No comments