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(Reuters)   Scientists discover the plants really are our enemies and are slowly killing the planet with a blanket of suffocating greenhouse gases   ( today.reuters.co.uk) divider line
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2006-01-11 03:20:00 PM  
Methane production by rice has been known to be a possible problem for a long time.
 
2006-01-11 03:54:16 PM  
I know I make a bunch of methane after eating salad.
 
2006-01-11 03:54:42 PM  
ironic?
 
2006-01-11 03:54:45 PM  
News flash:

There is nothing/not much we can do about methane-emmitting plants.

There IS something we can do about our CO/CO2 emitting cars, factories, etc.

I can see it now, some biotech company is going to release a low-methane rice strain, which also kills .4% of the people who eat it, and floods out native species. And it will be lauded as "progress"

/cynic
 
2006-01-11 03:54:51 PM  
Well it is a darn good thing we are chopping down the rainforests are killing us slowly then!
 
2006-01-11 03:54:54 PM  
this is the thread where all the global warming denialists due to "not enough evidence" become global warming armchair professors because they read something that obfuscates the notion of global warming. fire away, trolls.
 
2006-01-11 03:55:25 PM  
yet no mention of methane production by beans?

/musically delicious
 
2006-01-11 03:55:43 PM  
curse you, john denver!!
 
2006-01-11 03:55:52 PM  
This isn't the first time that our photosynthetic foes have triggered a mass extinction with their gas-producing ways!

Never trust a plant. Two billion years later, they'll turn on you!
 
2006-01-11 03:55:54 PM  
Legumes and Broccoli are also known sources of methane production.
 
2006-01-11 03:56:01 PM  
Nature is dangerous.

And I'm sure the plants want us dead. It's us or them, kids, and you know who must win...
 
2006-01-11 03:56:02 PM  
But the study also poses questions, such as how such a potentially large source of methane could have been overlooked and how plants produced it.

Because plants producing methane doesn't fit into science's conservationist agenda?

/Just kidding scientists, you know I love you.
//Greenpeacer and strong supporter of scientits
 
2006-01-11 03:56:09 PM  
FEED me Seymoure!!!
 
2006-01-11 03:56:23 PM  
It's too bad the Earth doesn't have a way of just letting one rip when it needs to.
 
2006-01-11 03:56:44 PM  
"The culprits are plants. They produce about 10 to 30 percent of the annual methane found in the atmosphere..."

I KNEW IT! That red bromeliad outside my dorm window has been farting in my window all last semester, and the hall monitor wouldn't take me seriously when I told her. She just gave me rehab brochures, and I don't know why.
 
2006-01-11 03:56:47 PM  
moops

So now that you've dismissed any and all dissent as "trolling", what's the point of engaging yourself in a discussion?

I thought your side was supposed to be open-minded!
 
2006-01-11 03:56:57 PM  
Damn the flatulent animals!
 
2006-01-11 03:57:01 PM  
Statement pre-emptively "debunking" anti-whatevers
 
2006-01-11 03:57:22 PM  
cyberlost: scientits

I don't know if that was accidental or on purpose, but I had to pull out the spare keyboard after reading it
 
2006-01-11 03:57:29 PM  
www.cinefex.com

/the enemy?
 
2006-01-11 03:57:38 PM  
Overpopulation is the real problem. Less people would require less food to be grown.
 
2006-01-11 03:57:39 PM  
I thought methane cometh from pig shiat.
 
2006-01-11 03:58:10 PM  
moops:

this is the thread where all the global warming denialists due to "not enough evidence" become global warming armchair professors because they read something that obfuscates the notion of global warming. fire away, trolls.

its not that global warming does or does not exist. the question is that assuming it does exist, is it cyclical in nature or caused by man. if it is caused by nature, why are we assessing blame to certain un-named politicians for the problem?
 
2006-01-11 03:58:38 PM  
because they read something that obfuscates the notion of global warming.

Is that your way of obfuscating something you read that runs contrary to your current understanding/political position?

/believes the planet is warming
//do not know why
 
2006-01-11 03:58:41 PM  
Damn phillodendrum terrorists.
 
2006-01-11 03:58:48 PM  
www.dussault.ws

* Snicker *
 
2006-01-11 03:58:55 PM  
I for one welcome our green and leafy overlords

/now where's my lighter???
 
2006-01-11 03:59:42 PM  
copperheadclgp

Right now the going rate is 1 in a million possible deaths for something like that to get approved.

And I agree, let's focus on the problems we know we can solve and are just ignoring.
 
2006-01-11 03:59:46 PM  
Xaxor-
Who do you propose we off first?
 
2006-01-11 03:59:50 PM  
"if it is caused by nature, why are we assessing blame to certain un-named politicians for the problem?"

Because it's easier to blame somebody else for your situation than it is to adapt to it.
 
2006-01-11 04:01:04 PM  
"Less people would require less food to be grown."

Right. Because Earth was a desolate wasteland before we invented agriculture.
 
2006-01-11 04:01:09 PM  
German scientists have discovered a new source of methane, a greenhouse gas that is second only to carbon dioxide in its impact on climate change.

Burning fossil fuels is still bad, folks.
 
2006-01-11 04:01:18 PM  
( moops So now that you've dismissed any and all dissent as "trolling", what's the point of engaging yourself in a discussion? )

GoldSpider: I thought your side was supposed to be open-minded!

... the more you know. ( NBC Shooting Star PSA logo goes here )
 
2006-01-11 04:01:31 PM  
Why does vegetation hate America?
 
2006-01-11 04:01:34 PM  
We've cut them down for how many hundred years now? And we're supposed to be surprised when they start fighting back? Come on people, it's self defense. I'm rooting for the photosynthesizers.
 
2006-01-11 04:01:51 PM  
"Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do."

Ronny R.
 
2006-01-11 04:02:02 PM  
Holy crap! GW was right all along!

Time to start cutting down those national parks and paving those damn rain forests before they kill us all!
 
2006-01-11 04:02:29 PM  
Keppler and his colleagues discovered that living plants emit 10 to 100 times more methane than dead plants.

So let's kill ALLLLL the plants. Duh.

/brillent!
 
2006-01-11 04:02:45 PM  
Carbon dioxide?
Y'all stop breathing so damn much, mmkay?
 
2006-01-11 04:03:02 PM  
There is nothing/not much we can do about methane-emmitting plants.


We have been trying to get rid of those darn rain forests for years but stupid hippies keep getting in the way.
 
2006-01-11 04:03:24 PM  
I HATE articles like this... It makes dicussing recent science with those who haven't touched a textbook in 25 years even more of a struggle.

/My mother-in-law is the worst
 
2006-01-11 04:03:55 PM  
I never did trust those plants.
 
2006-01-11 04:04:14 PM  
If you're worried about methane emissions, stop eating meat. Livestock production is a major source.
 
2006-01-11 04:05:33 PM  
You know you're on the wrong track when you get your scientific news from political advocacy groups' web sites.

And that applies to both sides. Knock it the hell off!
 
2006-01-11 04:07:04 PM  
"Second only to carbon dioxide."

Oh, my God! The animals are killing us, too!
 
2006-01-11 04:07:17 PM  
I don't blame the plants for trying to kill us. We drew First Blood.
 
2006-01-11 04:07:35 PM  
the_gospel_of_thomas

Re: Reagan

Spot on ol'chap, spot on!
 
2006-01-11 04:08:41 PM  
"I'm not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants." - A. Whitney Brown
 
2006-01-11 04:08:42 PM  
Actually plants contributing to the global warming problem wouldn't even be a problem if it weren't also for all the other man-made contributing factors. Geniuses.
 
2006-01-11 04:08:48 PM  
Pollexabator: I HATE articles like this...

What you said. I'd bet that at least 10% of the Farkers that read this are going to misinterperate the article and tell someone that "SUV's aren't really the problem, it's all the methane-producing plants..."
 
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