24.09.2008

Flatulent Economy

In the emergence of a global consciousness of the climatic changes on our home planet Earth, I have heard that politicos inculpate our beloved cows for the increase of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere because of there digestive release of methane. Though stunned by this accusation, it turns out that cows do produce a lot of methan, approx. 100-200 or even 300 liter of methane each day.

"This is the equivalent of up to 4,000 grams of carbon dioxide and compares with the 3,419g of carbon dioxide pumped out by a Land Rover Freelander on an average day’s drive of 33 miles."

Locked at the bottom of the oceans, on the other hand, are gigantic methane deposits that "contain more energy than coal, oil and all other fossil fuels combined." However, the recovery of this energy source is resourcefully complicated and dangerous task due to the extremely flammable condition of the gas.

Yesterday, I incidentally found two stories covering the occurences of this powerful fetor gas:


Researchers from Argentina measured the amount of methane produced during bovine digestion and suggested the addition of a bitter constituents to the food in order to reduce the exhaustion of this potentially new chemical source of energy. As the first commentator stated in the forum, quite the opposite would be helpful and apparently British chemists think likewise. Through their laboratory-mixture of dry water filled with particles of silica and added methane results a crystalline white powder that can be pressed "into pea-sized pebbles, making them more stable for transportation and use." Though not yet commerically available, a switch to gas-hydrated pepples could solve an approaching energy crisis over fossil fuels

Wouldn't it be wonderful when flatulent episodes of personal digestion become a propulsive contribution to the green movement?

According to a video clip on Discovery, methane is also a life-friendly gas that helps Astrophysists to detact possible life on other planets.

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