WGM: Worm-Caused Global Warming

My pickup truck has been taking the heat but it was the worms, people, the worms. And their numbers are on the rise…

The presence of worms affects how much carbon dioxide is produced in the soil and how much escapes to the atmosphere. Scientists are concerned that earthworms increase greenhouse gas emissions – and that earthworm numbers are on the rise.

Nitrous oxide is another powerful greenhouse gas. Bacteria in the earthworms’ gut produce nitrous oxide and emissions from worm-infested soil can be three times as high as from soil without any worms, the paper says.

High capacity assault worm:

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5 Responses to WGM: Worm-Caused Global Warming

  1. Jim22 says:

    It should be fun as the levels of nitrous oxide increase. Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrous_oxide

    These people may say we are killing our planet and ourselves but it sounds like we will enjoy it.

  2. RUDE JUDE says:

    These make good fishing bait. Even when I was a little tomboy, I put those on my own hook, caught fish, took the fishy off the hook, and learned how to clean them. Then, when Lent came, ate the fish. Circle of life those worms.

  3. Bman says:

    Here’s a solution: Replace the beef industry with a worm industry. PETA is on board with the idea. Save the cows; eat a worm and save the planet.

  4. Roy Ryder says:

    So, when your wife complains that you spend all your time fishing, just tell her you’re doing your part to help save the Earth.

  5. Bman says:

    We need to de-worm Michael Moore. That should help a little.

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