The Norwegians are concerned about moose burps. No, really.
The poor old Scandinavian moose is now being blamed for climate change, with researchers in Norway claiming that a grown moose can produce 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year -- equivalent to the CO2 output resulting from a 13,000 kilometer car journey.
Norway is concerned that its national animal, the moose, is harming the climate by emitting an estimated 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year through its belching and farting.
Norwegian newspapers, citing research from Norway's technical university, said a motorist would have to drive 13,000 kilometers in a car to emit as much CO2 as a moose does in a year.
Let's not forget that the plural of "moose" is "moose." This doesn't even consider the moose population in Maine, or in Canada. Or the caribou in Canada. Or cows and sheep the world over. I mean, there are sixty million sheep in New Zealand, and only around three million people. Let's not forget that methane is 23 times as potent a "greenhouse gas" as CO2!
Of course, if it's really fluctuations in radiation from the sun and orbital variations that most influence earth's overall temperature, then all of this, while fascinating, is not worth worrying about.
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