A Wireless Network To Keep Cows From Burping Too Much
From Fast Company
November 27, 2012 - 3:00pm
Because there are so many cows on the planet waiting to be eaten, all their burps add up to a lot of carbon emissions. But a new experiment is trying to figure out how to limit those emissions. All it takes is the cows swallowing a little Wi-Fi enabled probe. Cows and other ruminant livestock (sheep, goats, etc.) burp--a lot. The methane emitted from an individual cow burp isn’t enough to contribute to climate change, but add up all the methane burps from the 1.2 billion large ruminants on the planet and livestock are responsible for 28% of all methane emissions from human-related activity, according to the EPA, because methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Oddly enough, wireless technology could help combat the problem. Researchers from CSIRO’s Sustainable Agriculture Flagship have developed what New Scientist calls "a gas-sniffing submarine...
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