Grist, August 30, 2013
Don’t diss dung beetles — they’re cooling the planet
You know how everyone freaks out about the methane in cow poop(and burps, and farts, and basically anything fun that comes out of a cow)? I mean, for good reason — methane is a huge contributor to climate change. Well, it turns out that dung beetles are the antidote. Take heart! Our shit-eating insect friends are bovine kryptonite!
Just diggin’ around in the dung. Apparently it helps aerate turds! According to the Atlantic, on one exceptional day, dung beetles reduced the methane released from cow shit by 80 percent. WHOA. A chicken in every pot — and a dung beetle in every toilet!
But not so fast, says researcher Eleanor Slade. Various species of dung beetles are dying off, and meanwhile, earthlings have an insatiable desire for beef. This combo meal is a recipe only for increased emissions. Sad trombone. Quit tryna harsh my mellow, Slade. I for one am celebrating dung beetles’ day in the sun. With a Baby Ruth bar and a brownie. Anyone joining me?
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