Meat eaters lower CO2?

This news is going to upset the green taliban no end.

Apparently eating meat as a top end predator lowers CO2. That’s got to be the best news you’ve ever heard, you can literally eat your way to Eden.

Seeing as man is the BIGGEST predator of all….etc….it follows…get eating meat.

Wiping out top predators like lions, wolves and sharks is tragic, bad for ecosystems – and can make climate change worse. Mass extinctions of the big beasts of the jungles, grasslands and oceans could already be adding to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Trisha Atwoodof the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, studied the effect of removing predator fish from ponds and rivers in Canada and Costa Rica. Across a range of ecosystems, climates and predators, she found a consistent pattern: carbon dioxide emissions typically increased more than tenfold after the predators were removed. 

“It looks like predators in many types of ecosystems – marine and terrestrial as well as freshwater – can play a very big role in global climate change,” she told New Scientist.

The widespread and dramatic ecological impacts of the loss of top predators are well known. In the ensuing “trophic cascade“, the vanished top predator’s prey proliferate, which in turn puts pressure on the species that the prey eats, and so on down the food chain. In this way, changes at the top of a food chain destabilise the balance of populations right the way down.

Now you see why Orca are so important.

 


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