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Could skippy stop cows farting and end global warming? (Actual title)
ABC (Southern Queensland) ^ | Friday, 3 February 2006 | Staff

Posted on 02/06/2006 8:06:59 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger

The world is freaked out about climate change, global warming, and greenhouse gasses, and it could be up to skippy and his stomach juices to save the day.

We all know kangaroos are pretty special, but it's their lack of flatulence, or more precisely the lack of methane emissions, that has researchers excited.

While they eat pretty much the same thing, cows end up producing a lot of methane, and kangaroos don't.

Researchers think a whopping 10 percent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions could be permanently eliminated if scientists can introduce microbes found in the stomach of kangaroos into livestock feed.

Dr Athol Klieve is a senior research scientist in microbial biotechnology at the DPI, "When you ferment grass in the stomach like kangaroos do, they produce hydrogen, and you have to get rid of that hydrogen, or it slows down and stops the fermentation of the material...The production of methane is actually one solution to the problem of getting rid of hydrogen...There are alternative mechanisms of getting rid of that of that hydrogen. One of these is to produce acetate. Acetate is used by the animal as a major part of its energy resources.

“We’ve been able to isolate a number of species of bacteria that do take hydrogen through to acetate and it’s those bacteria that we hope to be able to move across to sheep and cattle, to bring down the methane emissions in sheep and cattle”, Dr Athol Klieve.

And it's not only the atmosphere that will be able to breathe a sigh of relief, farmers could save feed money, “Methane is actually a loss of feed energy. It’s an inefficient use of your feed. If you can, instead of using that feed energy as methane to the atmosphere and causing greenhouse problems, if you can convert that to something like acetate, that’s more energy available for the animal for growth and production”, Dr Athol Klieve.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: climatechange; fart; gas; globalwarming; globalwarmingping; inheritthewind; thewindcriesskippy
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I think we should make machines that run on methane. We can call the project "Inherit the Wind."
1 posted on 02/06/2006 8:07:01 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger
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To: texianyankee; JayB; ElkGroveDan; markman46; palmer; Bahbah; Paradox; FOG724; Mike Darancette; ...
(((GLOBAL WARMING PING)))



You have been pinged because of your interest in environmentalism, alarmist wackos, mainstream media doomsday hype, and other issues pertaining to global warming. Freep-mail me to get on or off.

2 posted on 02/06/2006 8:11:12 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger ("We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being." SCOTUS, Zorach v. Clauson)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Darn, I thought they meant Skippy peanut butter....


3 posted on 02/06/2006 8:16:33 PM PST by Nachum
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Great Title IMO...

What I'd like to know is even though I'm pretty sure that my "men" don't eat the same things as kangaroos and/or cows and....

Since I am the only female in the house with 1 hubby, 2 boys and one male dog, how can I SIGNIFICANTLY reduce the methane emissions in my own house?

Even more importantly, how can I end the constant laughing, snorting and thinking it's SO funny?

MKM

4 posted on 02/06/2006 8:20:12 PM PST by mykdsmom (Today there are more Marxists on the Harvard faculty than there are in Eastern Europe - George Will)
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To: Nachum

Me too. I thought maybe George Washington Carver missed that application of the lowly goober pea...


5 posted on 02/06/2006 8:20:17 PM PST by null and void (If the Muslim world can be brought to its knees by 12 cartoons, let's give them a whole comic book!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Kangaroos don't fart. Who knew...



6 posted on 02/06/2006 8:21:33 PM PST by Fintan (One day we'll look back on this and plow into a parked car.)
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To: mykdsmom
Even more importantly, how can I end the constant laughing, snorting and thinking it's SO funny?

That part is much more difficult...

7 posted on 02/06/2006 8:21:35 PM PST by null and void (If the Muslim world can be brought to its knees by 12 cartoons, let's give them a whole comic book!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I made chili today and I've been ripping them off all evening. Am I gonna get in trouble here?
8 posted on 02/06/2006 8:24:55 PM PST by Mikey (Freedom isn't free, but slavery is.)
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To: mykdsmom

Hey, MKM....pull my finger....;-)


9 posted on 02/06/2006 8:25:23 PM PST by Sarajevo
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how can I end the constant laughing, snorting and thinking it's SO funny?

You can't, its a force of nature.....

10 posted on 02/06/2006 8:26:16 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances – and it advances relentlessly – freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Is there a sacred cow here? It doesn't fart? Woooohooo?Evervescent milk?

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11 posted on 02/06/2006 8:28:59 PM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal Flatulence Goes the Hope of the West)
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To: Sarajevo
Oh yeah, REAL original. If I only had a nickel for every time I've heard that one.....; )

Unfortunately, thanks to Grandpa (my dad) they know that one real well.

I'm doomed!!!

MKM

12 posted on 02/06/2006 8:30:13 PM PST by mykdsmom (Today there are more Marxists on the Harvard faculty than there are in Eastern Europe - George Will)
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Since I am the only female in the house with 1 hubby, 2 boys and one male dog, how can I SIGNIFICANTLY reduce the methane emissions in my own house?

Cut back on the Hormel Chili.

13 posted on 02/06/2006 8:30:19 PM PST by dirtboy (I'm fat, I sleep most of the winter and I saw my shadow yesterday. Does that make me a groundhog?)
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I would have told her a diet of beer, cabbage, onions, beans and broccoli was a sure cure.

Butt that's just me.

Light 'em if you got 'em...


14 posted on 02/06/2006 8:33:36 PM PST by null and void (If the Muslim world can be brought to its knees by 12 cartoons, let's give them a whole comic book!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Somehow the idea of cows leaping around like kangaroos is making me a little edgy with this idea.


15 posted on 02/06/2006 8:33:44 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Funny taglines are value plays.)
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To: Nachum

Well if they used the Skippy like spackle and sealed up the cattles methane emitters, then maybe.....


16 posted on 02/06/2006 8:35:56 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Mohammedism - Bringing you only the best of the 6th century for fourteen hundred years.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

You know what you get if you cross kangaroos with elephants, don't you?


17 posted on 02/06/2006 8:36:06 PM PST by null and void (If the Muslim world can be brought to its knees by 12 cartoons, let's give them a whole comic book!)
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To: Nachum

Jif is better. Do a blind taste test.


18 posted on 02/06/2006 8:36:06 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: null and void

Kangaphants?


19 posted on 02/06/2006 8:37:11 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Westlander

Potholes all over Australia...


20 posted on 02/06/2006 8:38:21 PM PST by null and void (If the Muslim world can be brought to its knees by 12 cartoons, let's give them a whole comic book!)
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