Enviro-nut News Roundup

Here are some of the latest goofball ideas being thrown at us by the Enviro-nuts and Gloworms.

Cow farts collected in plastic tank.

Eating Beef Worse Than Driving

Producing 2.2lb of beef generates as much greenhouse gas as driving a car non-stop for three hours, it was claimed yesterday.

Japanese scientists used a range of data to calculate the environmental impact of a single purchase of beef.

Taking into account all the processes involved, they said, four average sized steaks generated greenhouse gases with a warming potential equivalent to 80.25lb of carbon dioxide.

This also consumed 169 megajoules of energy.

That means that 2.2lb of beef is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions which have the same effect as the carbon dioxide released by an ordinary car travelling at 50 miles per hour for 155 miles, a journey lasting three hours. The amount of energy consumed would light a 100-watt bulb for 20 days.

Worms Cause Global Warming.

Mr Frederickson told Materials Recycling Week said: “Everybody loves worms because they think they can do no harm but they contribute to global warming.

“The amount of worm composting is very, very small and the amount of landfill is huge. But landfill sites are quite well run these days and it is possible to extract about half the gas they generate and use it for electricity generation.

“So the amount of nitrous oxide emitted by large scale worm composting is something we should be looking at before we go further down that route.”

Mr Frederickson said that the research he and his colleagues had done was on very large commercial worm composting “beds” which build up large amounts of nitrogen which is then emitted by the worms as gas.

Global Warming Causes Glaciers To Grow

“It’s a bit of an anomaly that they are growing, but it’s not to be unexpected,” said Ed Josberger, a glaciologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Tacoma, Wash.

You can read my take on the glacier story HERE.

Clean Air Causes Global Warming, Global Warming Causes Smog.

In today’s “People Can Prove Whatever They Want If They Really Try Hard Enough” moment, Swiss scientists claimed early this week that efforts to clean the air over Europe the past three decades are responsible for at least half of that continent’s 1°C rise in temperatures since 1980.

In an interesting chicken and the egg conundrum, scientists in America claimed Thursday that global warming causes smog.

There are more stories out there, but that has to be it for now. Enjoy….

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