Global Warming Follies

Forget kangaroo farts, burping worms are now the rage

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on March 5, 2009

Who would have thought! Burping worms, that’s right, BURPING WORMS are yet another cause of global warming:

Aquatic animals that feed on lake and stream bottom sediments burp out small amounts of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, a new study finds.


The researchers found that in a variety of aquatic environments, animals that dug in the dirt for their food did indeed emit nitrous oxide, thanks to the bacteria in the soil they ate, which “survive surprisingly well in the gut environment,” [Peter Stief, of the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Germany] told LiveScience.

I didn’t even know that worms burped. Did you? Do they say “Excuse me”? And how do you suppose they collect a burp to analyze it for the offending gasses? How do they know its a burp and not a fart? (Farts are much more fun!) What’s the difference with a worm?

So many questions…



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