There are 1 billion cars and 1.5 billion cows and bulls, ruminants (animals that regurgitate, re-chew food and burp) on the planet both contribute to methane and CO2 emissions, “green house gasses” that are a major contributor to global warming.
Burning one gallon of gas creates 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, and the average car emits about six tons of carbon dioxide every year.
A cow on overage releases between 70 – 120 kg of Methane per year. Methane is a greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide (CO2). The negative effect of Methane on the climate is 23 times higher than the effect of CO2.
The release of about 100 kg Methane from each cow a year is equivalent to 2300 kg of CO2
2300 kg CO2 = CO2 generated by burning 1000 liters of petrol.
A car using 8 litres of petrol per 100 km, can travel 12500 km a cow walks on average 3000 km during its life = return journey from London to Marseilles.
Our global livestock emit about two billion metric tons of CO2 a year. In addition, clearing of forests for farm land is responsible for an extra 2.8 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions a year. Holy cow batman!
The less than desirable by-product of the cow digestion process and today’s industrial scale dairy farming compared to the Wessex days of Thomas Hardy is “greenhouse gas” in its most formidable form methane: a single cow can produce up to 280 litres of methane a day.
Cows get rid of the gas by burping or was that a moooooooooo?
What if the cow and the car could mitigate each others dirty footprints? Why can’t all farmers be required to build biogas reactors, and use cow, pig, chicken and their own shit to create clean fuel for future cars?
What about gas collecting masks for cows?
I’m sure Gabriel Oak would have some nifty device at hand for a spot of gas collection perhaps the same time as the udder suction device grips the teat another can take away the collected gas?
Perhaps we should just give up meat and dairy products and let the farmers of the world go out of business or farm bio fuels and put the middle east oil funded nations out business?
Sounds like a plan.
A simple biogas reactor is an airtight chamber (reactor) that facilitates the anaerobic degradation of blackwater, sludge, biodegradable waste (shit). It facilitates the collection of biogas produced in the fermentation process. The gas forms in the slurry and collects at the top of the chamber, it can then be stored in a separate container for onsite use or transportation to Jeremy Clarkson for his Range Rover.
This technology can be easily applied on the farm or in farming communities the same way French farmers sell their grapes to a collective for wine making.
Attlee’s regional Gas Boards are reborn? Mrs T won’t be happy.
Biogas reactors can be in-situ concrete and brick domes or prefabricated tanks, installed above or below ground, depending on space, soil characteristics, available resources and the volume of shit generated.
30% of the earth’s entire surface is given over to pasture and land used for producing cattle feed. This increasing figure is a major driver of deforestation, especially in Latin America where 70 % the Amazon forests have been turned over to grazing.
Livestock farming is one of the most significant contributors to today’s environmental problems.
Urgent SPARKs are required to remedy this shitty situation in support of the British and French Governments who have banned the sale of diesel and petrol driven vehicles from 2040.