Every time a Kangaroo farts, a little less greenhouse gas is produced in the world.
That bit of intel comes from biologist Adam Munn, of the University of Wollongong, who spent several months stalkin’ roos and catching their farts to learn of their low methane levels, which could help farmers in the fight against climate change.
The hope is that Adam’s research, published in The Journal Of Experimental Biology, will lead to the introduction of a carbon pricing scheme that gives concessions to farmers with fewer ‘methane-intense’ animals on their property, or more ‘roos, thus offering an incentive to reduce their emissions.
That’d be pretty friggin’ great, because a report earlier this year found the agriculture / farming industry accounts for 15% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas output.
Back to the bottling of flatulence: how does one go about that, exactly?
Well, you find yourself a pack of kangaroos (red and western ones were used in this study) and put them in comfy, sealed chambers; then you analyse the gases going in and out of the chamber for variance.
Less gas = happy planet = healthy humans.
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