Well, that's not the point and unless you went to UNH in the early 90's, I doubt you know the content of my *undergraduate* curriculum (ie, no classes on Paleozoic marine life). I do know the answers, although for the most part I can only offer educated guesses of the extemporaneous and non-succinct variety. My point is that articles like this gloss over or avoid entirely some of the underlying principles involved and this leads many people to dismiss the headline which in this case translates to "More methane may be escaping into the environment as a consequence of global warming". Enter the fart jokes.
Sure, science folk and reasonably educated people like me don't require deep background to form opinions, but most people do. Since it's rarely provided, lay readers retreat to their default stance which, more often than not, is to ignore it and possibly support public figures who promote lassiez-faire exploitation of natural resources.
Many of the responses to my original question would have been nice additions to the OL.