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Beaver Gas to Blame for Global Warming

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Chee-to, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Oh no's........SAVE THE BEAVERS..................:eek:

    It’s actually not beaver flatulence per se, although I’m sure they’d say that contributes a little as well. It’s actually the methane that’s apparently generated at the bottom of standing water ponds created by beaver dams that ends up being released into the atmosphere that’s the problem.

    Here’s the International Business Times:

    Beavers are contributing to climate change, adding an estimated 800 million kg of methane to the atmosphere every year, scientists have found.

    Over the last century, there has been a worldwide conservation effort to save beavers from extinction. The fur trade between the 16th and 19th century almost led to the annihilation of beavers across the globe.

    After trapping was limited and the creatures were reintroduced to their natural ranges, their numbers grew significantly, with scientists now estimating their population to have reached over 10 million worldwide.

    However, the consequence of this has led to beavers building more ponds, creating conditions for climate changing methane gas to be generated in the shallow standing water. Beavers build dams in rivers to create standing ponds, with dams normally reaching no higher than 1.5m.

    In their work published in the Springer journal AMBIO, experts note that carbon builds up in oxygen-poor pond bottoms like those created by beavers, and methane is generated. The gas cannot be dissolved and is released into the atmosphere.

    Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada have found this methane release from beaver ponds is now 200 times higher than it was a century ago.

    Lead author Colin J Whitfield and his team estimated the size of the current global beaver population and the area covered by their ponds to work out the methane release.

    Findings showed that beavers have dammed up about 42,000sq/km of aquatic pond areas. They estimate that by the end of the 20th century, beaver activities contributed up to 0.80 teragrams (or 800 million kilograms) of methane to the atmosphere annually – about 15% of what cud-chewing animals produce.

    Whitfield said: “The dynamic nature of beaver-mediated methane emissions in recent years may portend the potential for future changes in this component of the global methane budget. Continued range expansion, coupled with changes in population and pond densities, may dramatically increase the amount of water impounded by the beaver.

    “This, in combination with anticipated increases in surface water temperatures, and likely effects on rates of methanogenesis, suggests that the contribution of beaver activity to global methane emissions may continue to grow.”


    Read more at http://lastresistance.com/9155/beaver-gas-blame-global-warming/#b4g4W4iEo226si18.99
     
  2. BoonDocks36

    BoonDocks36 Oregon, in the boondocks Christian. Conservative. Male.

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    This will not Bode well, for the OSU, they have a stake in Beaver Population...

    :D

    philip
     
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  3. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    These enviorment people dont know a god damn thing.
     
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  4. Sstrand

    Sstrand La Grande OR Well-Known Member

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    Boon
    Besides that . . .they STINK!!!

    Sheldon
     
  5. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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  6. albin25

    albin25 Lewiston Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Speaking of methane emissions....

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