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Antarctic penguins poop out so much laughing gas, it has a funny effect on researchers
    #26726112 - 06/07/20 11:54 AM (29 days, 1 hour ago)

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Antarctica's king penguins emit such copious amounts of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, via their faeces that researchers went a little "cuckoo" studying them, according to a Danish scientific study published Thursday.

"Penguin guano produces significantly high levels of nitrous oxide around their colonies," said the head of the study, Professor Bo Elberling, of the University of Copenhagen's Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management.

While studying colonies of king penguins on the Atlantic island of South Georgia between South America and Antarctica, "the researchers went 'cuckoo' from being surrounded by penguin poop", he said.

Besides being a strain on the climate, nitrous oxide has an effect very similar to the sedative laughing gas used at the dentist's.

"After nosing about in guano for several hours, one goes completely cuckoo. One begins to feel ill and get a headache," Elberling said.

Nitrous oxide is 300 times more polluting to the environment than carbon dioxide.

The nitrous oxide is explained by the penguin diet of krill and fish, which contains high levels of nitrogen.

Nitrogen is released from the penguins' faeces into the ground and soil bacteria then convert it into nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas.

"While nitrous oxide emissions in this case are not enough to impact Earth's overall energy budget, our findings contribute to new knowledge about how penguin colonies affect the environment around them, which is interesting because colonies are generally becoming more and more widespread," Elberling said.


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Re: Antarctic penguins poop out so much laughing gas, it has a funny effect on researchers [Re: Primal Glitch] * 1
    #26727486 - 06/07/20 10:17 PM (28 days, 14 hours ago)

Penguin jenkem is real.

:mindblown:


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Re: Antarctic penguins poop out so much laughing gas, it has a funny effect on researchers [Re: nooneman] * 1
    #26728082 - 06/08/20 06:45 AM (28 days, 6 hours ago)

And n2o has a long residence time in the atmosphere, unlike methane which is also a powerful greenhouse gas that on average stays in the atmosphere for about a decade(but also degrades into CO2), because of its short residence time methane is "only" 28 times worse than co2 when it comes to trapping infrared radiation.

N2O on the other hand has an average residence time of well over a century, far longer than even co2. In many ways it should be the greenhouse gas we are most focused on, unfortunately the vast majority of n2o emissions are directly tied to our food supply as they are created from nitrogen fertilizers and lessening those emissions while meeting increasing global demand is an even bigger ask than lowering co2 emissions...which is a relatively easy and straightfoward thing to do, the powers that be just don't want to do it.No one knows how to lower n2o emissions without impacting the food supply...even if we were to go to 100% organic farming and could somehow keep up with global demand while doing so, while n2o/acre would be less it wouldn't be zero as even manure contributes to n2o emissions plus organic farming requires far more land than traditional farming which has its own impact on climate change.

Nitrous oxide also has the bonus effect that once it reaches to stratosphere it forms other ozone depleting gases, so not only is it a greenhouse gas it will eat a hole in the ozone layer.

Point being, even if we are able to lower CO2/methane emissions resulting from fossil fuel use...we are still fucked as it will have almost no effect on n2o emissions, which are only going to continue to rise, and due to the long residence time we will be screwed long before temperatures(and the effects of them changing) provide people the motivation to change. Nice to think about, eh?

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/11092019/nitrous-oxide-climate-pollutant-explainer-greenhouse-gas-agriculture-livestock

As far as going "cuckoo", I don't believe this, placebo effect.


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Re: Antarctic penguins poop out so much laughing gas, it has a funny effect on researchers [Re: Holybullshit] * 1
    #26729241 - 06/08/20 05:50 PM (27 days, 19 hours ago)

you mean starting a penguin farm might not be a great idea?  :disappointedlaugh:


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Re: Antarctic penguins poop out so much laughing gas, it has a funny effect on researchers [Re: Primal Glitch]
    #26734903 - 06/10/20 07:05 PM (25 days, 18 hours ago)

This is great how did I not know its a thing


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Re: Antarctic penguins poop out so much laughing gas, it has a funny effect on researchers [Re: Eatmore_lessoften]
    #26739935 - 06/12/20 06:01 PM (23 days, 19 hours ago)

Nitrous oxide is 300 times more polluting to the environment than carbon dioxide.


So...... obviously you don't like being burned alive or skinned alive? do you see a point of this planet? NO.....


so do you think the chemical nitrous oxide knows that the earth is toxic and useless, that is why it is a damaging chemical or just a natural occurrence?


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Re: Antarctic penguins poop out so much laughing gas, it has a funny effect on researchers [Re: Irish Crusader]
    #26739966 - 06/12/20 06:20 PM (23 days, 18 hours ago)

maybe it's nature's failsafe so penguins won't take over the planet :penguinmonkey:


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Re: Antarctic penguins poop out so much laughing gas, it has a funny effect on researchers [Re: Irish Crusader]
    #26744612 - 06/14/20 08:12 PM (21 days, 16 hours ago)

I'm having trouble fully understanding what point you are trying to make, but let me ask you a question, do you like being alive?(or if not, have people who like you being alive, or at the very least feel that way about others)


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