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Cow farts are an even bigger problem than we thought

Old data makes for bad burp estimates.
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This cow has no idea that she's fueling the global warming dumpster fire

Climate change just isn’t that funny. Cow belches, conversely, are hilarious. It’s the rare issue that’s seriously impactful and giggle-inducing—bovine flatulence is a precious, smelly diamond in the climate change rough. And it turns out to be an even bigger problem than we thought.

A new estimate of the global emissions from mouths and butts is 11 percent higher than previous stats suggested. The study was funded by NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System program, and . Fortunately, it seems that the U.S. estimates are still on track. It was mainly the global numbers that varied.

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