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Capturing Cow Burps and Farts, written by Erin Twamley, illustrated by Vova Kirichenko, and designed by Baris Celik, isn’t as silly as the title sounds. Cows produce 37% of the methane on planet Earth. Methane can be used for cooking and heating if we can capture it. This book is about inventions to do just that. If you are interested in global warming, as well as cow burps and farts and poop, this book will help you think about them in new ways, and maybe even invent something that will help Earth become a better place to live.
Do you eat ice cream or steaks? These foods come from different kinds of cows. Both dairy cows and beef cows make plenty of methane. They burp even more than they fart. There are more than 1,500,000,000 cows on planet Earth. That’s a lot of methane. One dairy cow burps 350 pounds of methane every year. You may think of all this as stinky, but the smell can be filtered out, and methane can be used for fuel. Cow poop can be processed into bio-gas and fertilizer. Cars can be run on bio-gas. Homes can be heated. Food can be cooked. Scientists are working on inventions to capture this gas. And they are developing diets that will make cows less gassy. This book has a glossary of technical terms and illustrations of some of the inventions. If global warming interests you, Capturing Cow Burps and Farts by Erin Twamley has ideas for answers.