Methane-Eating Bacteria Could Combat Global Warming

New Zealand scientists have found a bacterium, named Methylokorus infernorum, that eats a key global warming chemical. Found in a hot spring, the bug lives off of methane emissions from geothermically active areas. A scientist quoted in the article stated that a cubic meter of liquid containing the bacterium would consume about 11kg of methane each year. But Dr Stott cautioned that such an application was probably some years into the future. He said it was unlikely the micro-organism, which prefers acidic conditions of about 60°C, could ever be added to sheep or cows’ food to stop the animals releasing methane — via Slashdot

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