Friday, 5 August 2011

Time for James Hansen to retire? New Garlic study answer to his fantasies

The global warming doomsday scare is cancelled!

Finally there is great news for James Hansen, the Earth Save people and other global warming alarmists and doomsday prophets: New research by alarmist Aberystwyth University scientists shows that garlic fed to cows and other farm animals can save the world from (non-existent) dangerous global warming!

Flashback (from the time before the new study):

Unfortunately, the environmental community has focused its efforts almost exclusively on abating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Domestic legislative efforts concentrate on raising fuel economy standards, capping CO2 emissions from power plants, and investing in alternative energy sources. Recommendations to consumers also focus on CO2: buy fuel-efficient cars and appliances, and minimize their use. 
This is a serious miscalculation. Data published by Dr. James Hansen and others show that CO2 emissions are not the main cause of observed atmospheric warming
The focus solely on CO2 is fueled in part by misconceptions. It’s true that human activity produces vastly more CO2 than all other greenhouse gases put together. However, this does not mean it is responsible for most of the earth’s warming. Many other greenhouse gases trap heat far more powerfully than CO2, some of them tens of thousands of times more powerfully. When taking into account various gases’ global warming potential—defined as the amount of actual warming a gas will produce over the next one hundred years—it turns out that gases other than CO2 make up most of the global warming problem.
With methane emissions causing nearly half of the planet’s human-induced warming, methane reduction must be a priority.
The conclusion is simple: arguably the best way to reduce global warming in our lifetimes is to reduce or eliminate our consumption of animal products. Simply by going vegetarian (or, strictly speaking, vegan), , , we can eliminate one of the major sources of emissions of methane, the greenhouse gas responsible for almost half of the global warming impacting the planet today.
Read the entire EarthSave article here

This is why James Hansen and his fellow doomsday prophets can forget about global warming and finally start doing something useful, or preferably retire, instead of continuing their stupid scaremongering:

An organosulphur compound obtained from garlic kills off methane-producing bacterium in the digestive system of cows, according to Professor Jamie Newbold, who heads up a €5 million-research programme at Aberystwyth University.
Cows eating  feed enriched with the garlic compound — called Allicin – release 40% less gas without interference to their normal digestive fermentation, according to the research.
Methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and agricultural emissions constitute approximately 18% of global greenhouse gas production, Kenton Hart of Aberystwyth University told Euronews.
The scientists said cutting methane emissions by cows by 40% would substantially curtail global warming.
David Williams from Neem Biotech – which manufactures Allicin – said that supplying a quarter of the UK’s cattle herd would require five-and-a-half thousand tons of garlic a year, which he told the channel could be “very, very big business”.

Read the entire article here

The new research by the Aberystwyth University scientists is of course also great news for those friends of meat - and garlic - who might have had (unnecessary) doubts about eating their favourite food . Tonight, I intend to celebrate the new scientific breakthrough with a Welsh BBQ'ed Sirloin Steak (with lots of garlic added)!

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