For a long time cows have had a bum deal. They have been accused of contributing to global warming because of the amount of gas that comes out of their rear ends.
Cows have paid the penalty. They are not seen as green. They were even the focus of a special fart tax in New Zealand.
But it looks like the cow is fact innocent, while bovines do fart a lot, one little critter breaks more wind and because of its diet its flatulents are particularly nasty.
That culprit is the termite.
Place your ear to a termite hill and you will know what I am talking about. Those loud ones, that is the queen. I am kidding, of course.
But seriously, while the gas omitted by one termite is miniscule, considering there are trillions and trillions of these crawlies they suddenly come global players when it comes to carbon emissions.
Termites have a woody diet, which means they produce more methane.
It’s a nasty gas, that kills miners and canaries in coal mines, and is major contributor to global warming.
According to Glenn Murphy‘s book Why is Snot green?, termites produce more methane
than all of man’s cars, planes and factories put together. And there is nothing stopping them, they never signed the Kyoto protocol and as yet no crafty politician has found a way to tax them.
Here is a list of Glenn Murphy’s Top 10 animals that fart.
- Humans (vegetarian)
- Humans (others)