Belching Moose Contribute to Global Warming
edited: Thursday, August 23, 2007
By George E. Albitz
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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2007
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We need to find some sort of muffler.
OSLO (AFP) - A grown moose belches out methane gas equivalent to 2,100 kilograms (4,630 pounds) of carbon dioxide a year, contributing to global warming, Norwegian researchers said Wednesday.
That is more than twice the amount of CO2 emitted on a round-trip flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
"An adult moose emits about 100 kilograms of methane gas a year. But methane gas is much stronger than carbon dioxide, so to get the equivalent you have to multiply by 21," professor Odd Harstad at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences told AFP.
With an estimated 140,000 moose roaming Norway's forests, that is a total of 294,000,000 kilograms of CO2 per year.
As is the case with cows and other ruminants, methane is produced from the microbes in the moose's stomach which help break down the roughage they eat.
Because methane gas is stronger than carbon dioxide, it is considered even more harmful to the environment.
This reporter consulted Professor Penwose who just completed his own study of mooses. He concurred that the belching of the moose was a concern but added his own findings showed that moose fart ten times more than they belch.