Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Rice Declared A Primary Cause of Global Warming
Methane emissions from flooded rice paddies contribute to global warming just as coal-fired power plants, automobile exhausts and other sources do with the carbon dioxide they spew into the atmosphere.Yep, looks like those uppity vegetarians are harming the Earth more than us beefetarians.
In fact, the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meeting this week in Bangkok concludes that rice production was a main cause of rising methane emissions in the 20th century. It calls for better controls.
"There is no other crop that is emitting such a large amount of greenhouse gases," said Reiner Wassmann, a climate change specialist at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines.
Swamp gas is primarily methane. Maybe we should drain the Okefenokee and half of Louisiana. Whatever we do, we must do it fast!! The sky is falling!!
Welcome, Instapundit readers! Never imagined a post about rice paddies would get me a mention. But, I'll take it none the less.
Good find DADvocate... and hope the instalanche brings you lots of hits as you so well deserve.
Henry B. - "This article is simply part of the current media frenzy with global warming." You are absolutely correct, which is why I posted it.
I wonder how much rice Al Gore eats. Judging from his girth, a lot!
As to keeping water out of parts of Louisiana, there are so many quips I could make, I can't decide which one to use.
As for the thing as a whole, rice paddies contributing to global warming? Global Warming when I grew up was an accepted fact, and something that we could do something about by changing small behaviors we knew were unhealthy anyway. Make cleaner burning fuel? Helps me breathe while helping the planet? Sold. Stuff like that.
Unfortunately, Global Warming has become the new cancer: everything causes it in some way. If folks really want to do something about it, they'll pick big contributors that also make life suck and go after those: traffic, dirty fuels, dependence on foreign oil etc.
But rice paddies?
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