The West worries about Cow Flatulence while China’s Air Pollution causes Lung Cancer

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 10th, 2013

Week in Review

The environmentalists are trying to change our lives to prevent global warming.  They have launched a way against coal.  And the internal combustion engine.  But they haven’t stopped there.  They even want to change how our cows pass gas (see Sensors measure cow flatulence – for science by Julia Sklar posted 3/8/2013 on New Scientist).

Cows and other ruminants emit methane gas into the atmosphere, but the amount released has been hard to measure. Teagasc has estimated that livestock contribute one-fifth of global methane emissions.

By strapping these methane-measuring devices to dairy cows, Teagasc can catch their every fart, giving a more accurate measure. They also estimate emissions by examining the cows’ faeces. If the faeces contain archaeol – methane-producing microbes that cows use to digest food – it suggests the cow is a big emitter.

Other groups have created gas-sniffing submarines that lurk inside cows’ stomachs to track their methane emissions.

Important scientific research.  Sniffing cow gas.  For what in the world could harm more people than the toots of cows?  There is a theory that the dinosaurs killed themselves off with excessive pooting.  But can blowing the butt trumpet extinct a species?  Probably worth checking into.  For what greater threat is there to the human race than cutting the cheese?  Well, there’s this (see Air Pollution Shrouding China and People’s Health by Li Rulan posted 3/10/2013 on The Epoch Times).

Dr. Zhong Nanshan, president of the China Medical Association, warned that the smog problem in China is “scarier than SARS,” while speaking at a plenary session in Beijing on March 5…

Zhong cited a World Health Organization air quality report showing that the island city of Haiko, with the cleanest air in China, still ranks only 1530th of the 1,802 cities listed worldwide. Zhong added that the report shows China’s lung cancer incidence is among the highest in the world, with 76 per 100,000 among males and 48 per 100,000 for females affected…

Earlier, Zhong told Sohu.com that, while working with surgeons, he has seen the lungs of many Guangzhou residents over the age of 40 or 50 are black from air pollution. Although one of China’s largest cities, Guangzhou has relatively lower pollution levels. “Some may think I’m overstating the matter, but this is a fact,” Zhong said. “If Guangzhou is like this, Beijing must be much worse.”

While the Western World tries to regulate our lives to make our clean air cleaner China’s air pollution is so thick it’s causing lung cancer.  Which begs the question why are we, the people with clean air, continuously increasing costly regulations on our businesses to make our clean air cleaner?  When no matter how clean we make our air the amount of pollution China is putting into the atmosphere will cancel out anything we do to save the planet from global warming?

The environment in the Western World is about as clean as it can be without the human race following the dinosaurs into extinction.  If there are any warming emissions China must be producing them.  So it makes no sense for the Western World to sacrifice any more economic activity.  No.  Instead, the environmentalists should direct all of their energies to the Chinese.  Who will politely listen to their suggestions.  And ignore every last one of them.  As the Western World should.

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