Global Warming (again!)
I know we have talked about Global Warming before, but this topic just won't go away, so here are my latest thoughts on this topic.
If you are a person who is following the global warming discussion then you may be looking for a way to reduce your contribution to the problem. If you go to the EPA's website and click "What You Can Do", they give you 9 steps to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.
1. Change 5 Lights - Use energy star bulbs
2. Look to buy more Energy Star labeled products
3. Heat and Cool Smartly
4. Use better insulation
5. Use Green Power
6. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
7. Be Green in your yard
8. Use Water Efficiently
9. Spread the word
Now these are all good things to do, and they will undoubtedly cut down on your electric bill, but there is something greater that can be done. The major flaw in recommendations is the blind focus on carbon dioxide (CO2) when it has been suggested by several experts (Dr. James Hansen) that Carbon Dioxide is not the main cause the recent warming trends. The fact is that the main non-CO2 greenhouse gas contributor is methane. According to EarthSave, methane is 21 times more powerful a greenhouse gas then CO2. Methane is produced in small amounts by coal mines and landfills (please recycle), but the major contributor animal agriculture which produces more than 100 million tons of methane per year. About 85% of that production comes from the digestive processes of livestock.
This problem is starting to gain more attention, in February, The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) held a symposium to address this very problem. Henning Steinfeld of the FAO had this to say, "Extensive livestock production plays a critical role in land degradation, climate change, water and biodiversity loss".
The result of all of this is the new solution to Global Warming: "GO VEGETARIAN!"
Talk amongst yourselves...