agriculture emissions reduction News

  • Irish agriculture faces emissions dilemma

    Ireland is facing a classic conflict, pitching economic growth targets against the need for action on climate change. On one hand, Ireland’s planners want to see significant growth in its food and agriculture industry – a sector that is one of the main pillars of the country’s economy, accounting for about 8% of gross domestic product. On the other hand, the country − ...


    By Climate News Network

  • US announces Plans to reduce Agricultural Carbon Emissions

    Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming - and don't require congressional approval. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is expected to unveil plans Thursday at Michigan State University, where Obama signed the sweeping farm bill into law ...


    By Associated Press

  • General Mills Announces Plans to Reduce Emissions from Agriculture

    Food company General Mills announced this week that it would reduce its supply chain emissions to a target level by August 2015, and cited agriculture as the primary source of those emissions. The company said agriculture emissions “are the single largest source of emissions in our value chain. For this reason, we intend to focus our efforts on achieving agriculture emissions reductions and ...

  • Agricultural ammonia emissions could be reduced without affecting crop yield

    Ammonia released by nitrogen fertilisers in Spanish agriculture could be reduced by up to 82% with only a very minimal impact on crop yield, finds new research. This could be achieved by combining optimised management of manure with the use of non-urea synthetic fertilisers. Agriculture accounted for almost 94% of total European atmospheric emissions of ammonia in 2011. The main sources of these ...

  • Diesel efficiency in agricultural production

    The topic of diesel efficiency has only become an increasing focus for farmers in recent decades, following earlier decades of concentrating above all on timely and high quality performance of work with modern agricultural machinery and equipment. The discussion on diesel efficiency, which is still topical today, was triggered not only by rising fuel costs, but also by the environmental policy ...

  • The Public University of Navarre is participating in a European project on sustainable management and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in irrigation farming

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is used by plants to build their tissues, and when plants die, the carbon can reach the soil in which they grow. If the way of cultivating the earth can be optimized to prevent some of this carbon from returning to the atmosphere in the form of CO2, it will be contributing towards cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, one of the main causes of global ...

  • Gauging the impact of climate on U.S. agriculture

    Original story at MIT News To assess the likely impact of climate change on U.S. agriculture, researchers typically run a combination of climate and crop models that project how yields of maize, wheat, and other key crops will change over time. But the suite of models commonly used in these ...

  • New Holland Agriculture Associate Sponsor of World Sustainable Agriculture Congress

    New Holland Agriculture announced it will be Associate Sponsor of the World Sustainable Agriculture Congress, which will be held in Singapore on the 11th and 12th of July 2012. The conference will bring together the whole food value chain, including agribusiness and farming leaders, food manufacturers, NGOs, academics and policy makers to discuss the challenges and solutions needed to achieve ...


    By Marketwire

  • Proactive stewardship is critical in sustainable agriculture

    Bayer CropScience is committed to proactive stewardship to underline the company’s strong commitment to sustainable agriculture. “We help growers around the world produce high-quality and high-yielding crops,” said Matthias Haug, Head of SeedGrowth at Bayer CropScience. “We take product stewardship very seriously, as it is important to maximize the benefits of seed ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Scottish agricultural college achieve carbon masters standard

    Carbon Masters are delighted to announce that the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), which is now part of SRUC, has become the first college in the UK to successfully achieve the Carbon Masters Standard. SAC have achieved Tier 1 of the Carbon Masters Standard, with an impressive 17% reduction in carbon emissions achieved over the last 4 years. SAC have implemented a range of behaviour change ...


    By Carbon Masters

  • New initiative will reduce air pollution from agriculture

    Ammonia emissions into the air is a major threat to human health, causing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Atmospheric ammonia is also a significant source of acidification and excess nutrient loading, causing loss of biodiversity in many of the most vulnerable ecosystems. This calls for stronger action to reduce emissions. Ammonia or NH3 mainly comes from manure produced by ...

  • Reducing GHG emissions from livestock

    Reducing meat and dairy consumption would help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from farming. A recent study describes the 'ecological leftovers' approach to reducing livestock-related GHGs, which assumes that a sustainable number of livestock can be calculated on the basis of available marginal land, unsuitable for other purposes, and available agricultural by-products, which could be used ...

  • Climate change to hit Saudi`s agriculture, water

    Scientists in Saudi Arabia say that by the end of 2050 parts of the country will be hotter and have reduced precipitation, which could affect agricultural productivity. The work was published in February's issue of the Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering. [1] It predicts that average temperatures in Saudi Arabia could increase by as much as four degrees Celsius, increasing agricultural ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • USDA Grants Support Organic Agriculture Research

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded five grants to support research, education and Extension programs that will improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers. "The organic industry is a rapidly growing segment of American agriculture and it is important we continue to invest in sound science to support ...

  • New Holland Agriculture Sponsors Climate Action Campaign

    New Holland Agriculture announced today that it will be a Gold Sponsor of the Climate Action Networking Reception, hosted by Climate Action in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the South African government in Durban on December 2, 2011. The reception will be the premier destination for senior officials from UNEP, non-governmental organisations and heads of ...


    By Marketwire

  • The value of acknowledging societal costs of N2O emissions

    Calculating the costs of nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions to society as well as business is vital to understand the true economic gains of reducing N2O emissions, new research suggests. Increasing nitrogen use efficiency by 20% by 2020 could bring global annual benefits to the climate, health and environment worth US $160 (€118) billion, the researchers conclude. N2O is a major greenhouse gas ...

  • Farmers could cut emissions while boosting production

    Farmers could earn more and protect the environment by using technologies and practices that reduce the global warming gases that livestock emit, according to a report by the UN Food ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New agriculture offset protocol expands opportunities for farmers to participate in the carbon market

    The Climate Action Reserve, North America’s premier carbon offset registry, adopted its Nitrogen Management Project Protocol today. The protocol provides opportunities for farmers to generate carbon offsets by implementing agricultural management practices that reduce the application of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer to corn crops in the Midwestern United States. Nitrogen is an essential ...


    By Climate Action Reserve

  • US heavy industry reduces greenhouse emissions by 1.4%

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) this week released its 'Climate VISION Progress Report 2007', which reports on the actions taken by energy-intensive industries to improve greenhouse gas emissions intensity of their operations from 2002 to 2006.  The report indicates that the power and energy-intensive industrial sectors improved their combined emissions intensity by 9.4 ...

  • Carbon Tax Expected To Have A Negative Effect On Canadian Agriculture Equipment Dealers

    The Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA) is concerned that the implementation of the Federal Carbon Tax of a minimum of $50 per tonne by 2022, will have a negative effect on Canadian agriculture. The equipment dealers’ association, which represents farm, construction and outdoor power equipment dealers in Canada, is asking the Federal government to conduct a study on the long term ...

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