Scientists Discover How to Neutralize Cow Farts; Your Farts Next, God Willing

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Sure, Hummers are bad for the environment, but do you know what else is? Cow farts. Yep, the methane in cow farts contributes to a surprisingly-high 5% of all global warming gasses out there, with methane being 22 times more potent at capturing atmospheric heat than carbon dioxide. The good news? A couple of Japanese scientists seem to have stumbled upon a way to neutralize this problem.

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Costing about $1 per day per cow, some simple food additives that include a blend of nitrates and the amino acid cysteine could greatly suppress the methane production in a cow's stomach, making their emissions much more earth-friendly. No word on how earth-friendly it'll make your emissions, but I think it's safe to say your friends and family all have their fingers crossed for a successful crossover. [Times Online; image via Treehugger]

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sumocat

@minimicrite: That's true, but the issue is that the type of carbon changes. Methane holds heat better than CO2. Plants pull CO2 from the atmosphere, not methane. The carbon type, not the level, is the problem.