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    No you have not.

    Tomorrow will be something even dumber.


    And that is something you can take to the bank
     
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    Faecal attraction: Whale poop fights climate change - Yahoo! News

    The cetaceans have been previously fingered as climate culprits because they breathe out carbon dioxide (CO2), the commonest greenhouse gas.

    Really fucking stupid thing to say. However, there is no referance to who said it. The CO2 from living animals is part of the natural cycle, neither increasing nor decreasing the level of CO2 in the atmosphere.

    As the the mechanism of the fecal material decreasing the atmospheric CO2, that is explained further down in the article.


    But this is only a part of the picture, according to the paper, published in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

    In a heroic calculation, Australian biologists estimated that the estimated 12,000 sperm whales in the Southern Ocean each defecate around 50 tonnes of iron into the sea every year after digesting the fish and squid they hunt.

    The iron is a terrific food for phytoplankton -- marine plants that live near the ocean surface and which suck up CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis.

    As a result of faecal fertilisation, the whales remove 400,000 tonnes of carbon each year, twice as much as the 200,000 tonnes of CO2 that they contribute through respiration.

    By way of comparison, 200,000 tonnes of CO2 is equal to the emissions of almost 40,000 passenger cars, according to an equation on the website of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    Now anybody that has researched this problem at all has read of using iron fertaliztion for removal of atmospheric CO2. As with any geo-engineering project, this idea is frought with unforeseen consequences.
     
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    And using the same logic burning fossil fuels is good for the environment because the CO2 it produces is plant food.... okay thanks for clearing that up for us genius...LOL
     
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    old fraud the use of the term "heroic calculation" is ludicrous beyond reason. I wonder what the calculations really show:cuckoo::rofl: :cuckoo:
     
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    Suckee...... all you made clear is that you continue to be an ignoramous.
     
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    Aww now that wasn't nice..... I tried to back you and thats what I get for it....:lol:
     

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