This is what the recent research results (of course, coming from Britain, where else?) say.
"A simple mathematical model suggests that the microbes living in sauropod dinosaurs may have produced enough methane to have an important effect on the Mesozoic climate," researcher Dave Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University said in a statement.Ehehe... a simple mathematical model... but I wouldn't argue. Whatever. Some people took the idea even further:
Hinting that the dinosaurs kinda asphyxiated on their own... er... emissions. But that's power of the press for you.
The article headline and the whole article don't stress the fact that the culprits were all vegetarian. Indeed, it would have been highly politically incorrect in the current mindset. I suppose that the real problem at the time (the time of the dinosaurs, I mean) was that the carnivore dinosaurs split into two feuding groups: one that supported the old-style diet, meaning consuming the vegetarian dinosaurs and the other, a progressive one, that hailed the new ways: embracing the vegan way of life, all dinos are brothers/sisters, bananas is groovy, no more killing etc.
The end result is clear: the feuding parties fought to mutual extinction and the vegetarian folks, not having any threats from the predators anymore, proliferated to the numbers that caused the above mentioned asphyxiation.
I, myself, am a carnivore, but I am known to slip a banana, and apple or even a tomato in my incoming food stream. So the vegetarian ideas are not totally alien to me and I even have a few vegetarian friends. Still, we have to take steps to save this planet. And the lesson taught to us by the unfortunate dinosaurs is clear: exterminate vegetarians to stop these methane emissions, well, farts. Or else.
But then, there is a serious catch and a sobering realization: to feed the proliferating carnivores, more and more vegetarian cows, sheep, chicken etc will have to be raised. And that, in turn... I hope you see what I mean by now. So, the inescapable conclusion is that we are all doomed. The only choice is between asphyxiation and starvation, as it looks right now.
In any case, that study of dinosaur farts has surely brought a few brand new doctoral degrees, so not everything is bleak, I submit. We'll go down studying, at least.