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  • Monitoring methane emissions from agriculture and dairy farming

    Methane (CH4) is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted from human activities. In 2014, CH4 was responsible for around 11 percent of all US greenhouse gas emissions caused by human actions. Methane is emitted by a range of natural sources such as marshlands, leakage from natural gas systems and livestock farming [1]. Domestic ...


    By Edinburgh Instruments Ltd

  • Research sheds new light on methane emissions from the northern beef herd

    New CSIRO research indicates that the amount of methane emitted from cattle fed on tropical grasses in northern Australia is up to 30 per cent less than figures currently used to calculate the northern cattle industry’s contribution to Australia’s greenhouse gas accounts. Speaking at today’s Lansdown Field Day near Townsville, Queensland, CSIRO research leader Dr Ed ...

  • Minimizing Methane Release

    “Methane emissions from cows are decreasing, but not at the pace which the agricultural sector and the government agreed. The project, Reduced methane emission of dairy cows (ME001), will provide insights that enable targeted interventions for a 30% reduction of greenhouse gasses in the Netherlands by 2020”, explains prof. Johan van Arendonk in an interview for the Annual Report 2013 ...

  • Methane-powered tractor could cut farmers` costs, emissions

    Luca Remmert's dream of running a self-sustainable farm is within sight. He produces energy from corn and grain near the northern Italian city of Turin and hopes in the not too distant future to run all of his eight tractors on methane generated at the farm. Remmert's 450-hectare (1,100-acre) La Bellotta farm has been testing a second-generation prototype of what will be the first tractor to run ...


    By Associated Press

  • Cattle contribute to greenhouse gas production in soil

    As harmless as cattle may seem, they are regarded as a threat to the climate. Through their digestion they produce the green house gas methane, which they expel continuously. Scientists from the Institute of Soil Ecology of the GSF – National Research Centre for Environment and Health in Neuherberg, Germany and Czech colleagues at the Budwies Academy of Sciences have shown that cattle can boost ...

  • Methane concentration in the atmosphere has increased rapidly in 10 years

    The amount of methane in the atmosphere has increased rapidly over the last ten years. The increase in methane emissions makes it difficult for companies to curb climate change. You see, methane warms the planet about 28 times as much as the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide. So far, methane’s share of global greenhouse gas emissions is about 16 percent, but it could rise. About 70% of ...


    By Ductor Corp.

  • Livestock emissions: Still grossly underestimated?

    The environmental impact of the lifecycle and supply chain of animals raised for food has been vastly underestimated, and in fact accounts for at least half of all human-caused greenhouse gases (GHGs), according to Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, co-authors of 'Livestock and Climate Change' in the latest issue of World Watch magazine. A widely cited 2006 report by the United Nations Food and ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • 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

  • 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

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock: what are the costs?

    The livestock sector is estimated to contribute 14.5% of all global anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This study estimated the costs of reducing emissions from ruminant livestock using five different practices. The findings will help policymakers to understand the cost effectiveness of different interventions in the sector, and the contribution that different policies could make to ...

  • Environmental impacts of dairy farming in the Czech Republic

    New research suggests that dairy farming may have an important impact on the environment and human health. Although differences in the impact of farming practices across countries have been known for some time, this is the first study to explore the impact of the dairy industry in different regions in the Czech Republic. Dairy farming in the Czech Republic is commonly large-scale with 500 or more ...

  • New consumer app scores protein products for sustainability

    A smartphone app has been designed to help shoppers choose more environmentally-friendly protein-rich products, namely meat, vegetarian alternatives, eggs and dairy products. The methods and data used to measure these products’ lifecycle environmental impacts are presented in a recent study. In recent years, various apps have been designed to help consumers shop more sustainably by ...

  • Greenhouse gases reach record levels

    The main greenhouse gases have reached their highest levels recorded since pre-industrial times, according to the World Meteorological Organization's 2009 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The report also highlights concerns that global warming may lead to even greater emissions of methane from Arctic areas. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Cows’ diets get environmental boost

    It is a tiny molecule with a mouthful of a name, 3-nitrooxypropanol, but European scientists say it could make all the difference. It could convert a cow or a sheep from a monstrous methane-producing machine into something a little more environmentally friendly. In doing so, it could increase the energy ...


    By Climate News Network

  • A new tool to assess nitrogen and phosphorus flow in agriculture

    MITERRA-EUROPE is a new tool that models the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus, among other key pollutants, used in agriculture across all 27 Member States at regional, country and EU-27 levels. It can be used to calculate the effects of different strategies to minimise excess pollution.  Many regions in the EU-27 use more nitrogen and phosphorus in agriculture than is required. The main sources ...

  • Neiker-Tecnalia presents the results obtained in the evaluation of environmental strategies on livestock farms

    The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development (Neiker-Tecnalia) has coordinated the European BATFARM project, which is seeking to evaluate the effectiveness of technologies and practices used on livestock farms in the European Atlantic region in order to reduce their environmental impact on the air, water and soil. In this project a detailed study has been made of the ...

  • Forget the carbon tax. Do we need a cow tax?

    Forget idling cars and fossil fuels.  Accordingly to Dina Cappiello in an associated press article on June 21, 2009, what comes out of the front end of America’s 170 million cattle, sheep, and pigs produces about a quarter of the methane released each year in the United States, making it the largest source of greenhouse gas in the country. But the very effective farm lobby in the U.S. has ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • New Material to Enhance Soils using Manure Waste

    The results of the research group of Valuation of resources from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid suggest an optimal solution to manage the manure from chicken and cattle. Biochar, a material obtained after thermal treatment of this waste through pyrolysis, is an organic fertilizer that applied in ...

  • Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

    Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study ...


    By Associated Press

  • Ecovillage life, roo steaks and solar kings

    As Australians become more concerned about climate change, sustainability and loss of social cohesion, many are seeking more environmentally friendly, community-based alternative lifestyles such as those offered by rural and urban ecovillages. Most of today’s ecovillages feature highly water- and energy-efficient buildings, with bicycle paths, stormwater retention and onsite water treatment on ...

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