Apparently, the moose that scared the living daylights out of me some weeks ago, was even more dangerous than I feared. My parents in Ireland brought the following to my attention, from an article in the 'Irish Independent':
"...scientists have calculated that because of their increased burping and farting, the placid moose is an eco killer.
During a single year, according to the latest research, a full-grown moose expels -- from both ends of its body -- the methane equivalent of 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions.
That is as destructive for the atmosphere as the emissions released by 13,000km of car travel.
"To put it into perspective, the return flight from Oslo to Santiago in Chile leaves a carbon footprint of 880 kilos," said the biologist Reidar Andersen. "Shoot a moose and you have saved the equivalent of two long-haul flights.""
Oh dear. There are some Norwegians, I'm afraid, who won't need this excuse to get their hunting guns out before they book their Christmas trips to Thailand.