The headline in Norway’s Aftenposten is grim:

Burping moose bad for the environment

Oh no! Not Bullwinkle.

Yes, Bullwinkle. The lowly moose is one of Norway’s major causes of global warming.

SpiegelOnLine reports:

The poor old Scandinavian moose is now being blamed for climate change, with researchers in Norway claiming that a grown moose can produce 2,100 kilos of methane a year — equivalent to the CO2 output resulting from a 13,000 kilometer car journey.

And Norway has an estimated 120,000 moose.

That’s a lot of methane.

Moose, like other cud chewing mammals like cows, goats, sheep, and buffalo usually belch a lot while digesting their food. And this doesn’t include the methane that results from farting and from cow manure.
Scientists are knee deep in cowpatties trying to research how to stop the cow belching so much, according to the UKTimes. But how does one manipulate the diet of the dangerous moose?

“Shoot a moose and save yourself a climate quota,” joked moose researcher (and moose hunter) Reidar Andersen at NTNU to newspaper VG on Tuesday. He’s published a book on the life of a moose. And he’s only half joking.

Norway does allow hunters to cull the moose to prevent overgrazing and destruction of the forests by overgrazing allowing 35 thousand to be killed each year. However, so far Norway has no Moose emissions policy to stop the emission of dangerous greenhouse gases.
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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. her website if Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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