Time to nail some beaver

Apparently beaver and squirrels are a contributor to global warming.

The Greens want to cull our milk herds in order to save the planet.

I wonder how they will react if we all start going after beaver and squirrels?

Arctic ground squirrels churn up and warm soil in the Tundra, releasing carbon dioxide, while methane released by beavers contributes 200 times more methane than they did 100 years ago, scientists say

Rodents such as squirrels and beavers are contributing far more to global warming than previously thought, forcing climate scientists to alter the models they use to chart how the world is warming up.

Arctic ground squirrels churn up and warm soil in the Tundra, releasing carbon dioxide, while methane released by beavers contributes 200 times more methane than they did 100 years ago, according to scientists from the American Geophysical Union.

Faeces and urine produced by rodents are speeding up the release of carbon from the permafrost, the vast store of greenhouses spanning the Arctic Circle, researchers found.

Dr Sue Natali, from the AGU, said “We know wildlife impacts vegetation, and we know vegetation impacts thaw and soil carbon.  

“It certainly has a bigger impact than we’ve considered and it’s something we will be considering more and more going into the future.”

Dr Natali added: “Carbon has been accumulating in permafrost for tens of thousands of years. The temperature is very cold, the soils are saturated, so that when plants and animals die, rather than decompose, the carbon has been slowly, slowly building up.

“Right now the carbon storage is about 1,500 billion tonnes. To put that in perspective, that’s about twice as much as is contained in the atmosphere.”

As part of the Polaris Project, Dr Natali, from Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, and Nigel Golden, from the University of Wisconsin travelled to Siberia to study the underground burrows of arctic squirrels.

The team found that this activity meant that the burrows were warmer than the surrounding ground, while nitrogen that the squirrels were adding to the ground through their waste was also having an impact.

Beavers, meanwhile, have dammed up more than 16,200 square miles of ponds. A separate paper, published in the journal AMBIO, found that beavers are responsible for releasing around 881,000 tons of methane into the atmosphere each year, much more cud-chewing animals such as deer or antelope.

Evil little bastards.

Time to get me some beaver.

 

– The Telegraph

 


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  • MaryLou

    For crying out loud. If we’re not saving the planet for the people (who create global warming), or the wildlife (who apparently also create global warming) – what do they think they’re saving it for? The plants, who actually thrive off carbon dioxide?

    What a mess.

  • Captain Darling

    So it’s no longer man made climate change, but beaver made climate change. I can see the greenpeace slogans now. Ban the Beaver, Say no to Beaver, Boycott beaver, etc etc. I’m sure you can come up with more.

    • MaryLou

      You’ll have to humanely euthanise the Beaver – hunting is bad, even if you want to eat it.

      • Dumrse

        You gonna need to shave the fur off the Beaver before you can eat it. Would you hold it over a flame like a pig or would that make it too hot ?

    • Kiwi David

      ‘Eat More Beaver’ It tastes like chicken (free range)

    • InnerCityDweller

      Beaver Up!

  • wooted

    Don’t they realise it’s all part of the cycle of life. Plants provide carbon based products which animals need, which in turn provide CO2 which plants need, which in turn provide………

  • Jono

    Just when the Anthropogenic Global Warming Alarmist conspiracists think they know it all, new information like this chucks ’em a curveball.

  • Lance Ralph

    save the planet, eat a beaver

  • johnnyB

    Its tough being Green now days – fighting the Japanese Whalers, American Oil, the Dairy industry, Coal miners………. and just when you least expect it the Beavers start up a whole new attack on the Western Front.

  • D.Dave

    So a poor little beaver, who’s predecessors were hunted almost to the point of extinction, and who has no concept of climate change, is now responsible for more methane being put into the atmosphere than a farting cow. What hair brained, pseudo intellectual, really thought we needed to know this. It is Mother Nature, leave her alone, she has more control over the planet than mankind will never have. I can see the Gweens putting out “Most wanted” posters for local beaver……..

    • MaryLou

      Think “Mao’s solution for Sparrows”.

  • conwaycaptain

    What will these warmist doom sayers come up with next? Oh well stop greenpeace talking and that will save a bit

  • SNAFU

    I’m waiting for the day when they finally come out and say “the scientific consensus is that Human breathing is the cause of global warming and in order to stop it we have to start culling our own species”

    • Dave

      Lets hope the greens kick off that cmapaign, show us the way forward, the worlds problems would be almost over……..

  • Chiefsfan73

    Stopped reading when I hit the word model.

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