Belch

A widespread shortage of CO2 is causing shock waves in Britain’s food and drink sector

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-20/u-k-soft-drink-makers-have-just-days-of-carbon-dioxide-left?sref=xpkx9tNh

And it’s not like there’s an abundance of this stuff just floating about in the air…

Spoil

Angel Carrizales, head of Mexico’s oil safety regulator ASEA, wrote on Twitter that the incident “did not generate any spill,” according to Reuters news agency, but did not explain what was burning on the water’s surface.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/03/americas/gulf-of-mexico-fire-intl/index.html

Nor what the surrounding boats were spraying it with, assuming it wasn’t water.

The Mammoth of all Inventions

Scientists have set their initial sights on creating an elephant-mammoth hybrid by making embryos in the laboratory that carry mammoth DNA. …

“Our goal is to make a cold-resistant elephant, but it is going to look and behave like a mammoth. Not because we are trying to trick anybody, but because we want something that is functionally equivalent to the mammoth, that will enjoy its time at -40C, and do all the things that elephants and mammoths do, in particular knocking down trees.”

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/sep/13/firm-bring-back-woolly-mammoth-from-extinction

This way we can enjoy extinguishing the species again through climate change and deforestation.

Forked Tongue

Floridian reptile squalene – actual snake oil – has been credibly proposed by scientists for use in COVID vaccines. Its use would serve double duty: it would help to boost the immune system response, while also helping control the population of invasive Burmese pythons ravaging wildlife populations in Florida’s everglades.

https://theconversation.com/how-snake-oil-got-a-bad-name-165574

We just need to train the pythons to bite human upper arms.

Working Canine to Five

5pm is their dinner time. When it’s around 4.50, they will start to be distracted. So, you can’t really have them work anymore. And we can’t have them working after dinner either because they need a nap.

https://theconversation.com/yes-dogs-can-sniff-out-covid-but-not-after-dinner-when-they-need-a-nap-161669

Insert your own joke here.

Plane-speaking

The industry has made improvements to its operating model, as has been set out. That must continue, especially in the light of the challenges around muirburn, lead shot and losses to natural predation, particularly aviation predation.

Hansard Contribution by Dave Doogan (Angus) (SNP)

Surely figures on aviation predation have been artificially low during lockdown?

Drink Drive

A car dealer in [China’s] Eshan county reported last week that six visiting elephants had drunk two tonnes of water in his shop.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/02/herd-of-escaped-elephants-leave-500km-trail-of-destruction-in-south-west-china

…before asking to test drive a motorhome, since their commute between home and forage habitats has become ridiculous.

Circoilar Economy

ConocoPhillips plans to install “chillers” into the permafrost — which is thawing fast because of climate change — to keep it solid enough to drill for oil

Biden’s Fossil Fuel Moves Clash With Pledges on Climate …

Fear not: the chillers will use less oil than the drills will liberate.