Researchers say Dogs have bigger carbon footprint than SUVsAugust 14, 2012 by: Rituraj Mishra
Collateral damage is a bitter truth. Progress in every era has witnessed this fact. When we see a great car with smoke zipping in front of us, we admire the beauty and technology that has evolved but are also rebuffed at the pollution it causes. Progress has a price and it has to be paid in full.
But, why just crib over shining cars, as it has been known that there are bigger sources of pollution than these cars. Robert and Brenda Vale, two researchers from Victoria University in New Zealand have come up with a very distinct observation. They found that their dog has a bigger carbon footprint than their Toyota Land Cruiser.
The dog was not sick or something, it is true for all the pets that we have and we have the numbers to prove it. When they drove their SUV for 10,000 kms it used “55.1 gigajoules of energy”, which could have been achieved in half the land that would be needed to make food for the dog.
Robert said “We’re not saying that we think SUVs are a good idea, but we do find it interesting how they have been vilified for their damage to the environment while pets have been completely ignored”.
Thanks for bringing this to notice, but I am not sure how much of this observation is helpful as I don’t see anyone letting their dog go off to save the nature.