Livestock Methane Acounts for 23 pct of Global Warming (Ind. Report)
New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre.
A new study from the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre reports that methane emissions from livestock are responsible for approximately 23 pct of all global warming -- more than estimates based only on greenhouse gas emissions.
The study also looked at how reductions in livestock emissions would impact on allowable carbon dioxide emissions consistent with long term temperature goals.
Methane, which is a short lived gas in the atmosphere of 12 years. Carbon dioxide (CO2) has a 1000 year decay period, and nitrous oxide (NO3) about 100 years. (Source: NZ Farmer, 13 Nov., 2017)Contact: New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, Dr. Harry Clark, Dir., +64 6 356 8019, www.nzagrc.org.nz
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Zaluvida's "Mootral" Cuts Cattle Methane Emissions (New Prod & Tach)
In the UK, researchers funded by the Swiss-led life science group Zaluvida, together with leading European universities have developed "Mootral", a fruit and vegetable-based cattle feed supplement that Zaluvida claims instantly reduces methane emissions from ruminants by at least 30 pct.
By applying unique bio-active compounds in animal feed, Mootral reduces greenhouse gas emissions by the agricultural sector and enables increased revenues from climate-smart meat and dairy products. (Source: Zaluvida, PressWire, 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: Zaluvida, Christoph Staeuble, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zaluvida.com; Mootral, www.mootral.com
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Livestock Methane's Climate Impact Underestimated (Ind. Report)
A new study suggests that researchers may have underestimated the impact of methane emissions from livestock on climate change.
Considering changes in the way livestock is kept and used, researchers found that previous estimates that served as basis for the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, were underestimated by 11 as much as 11 pct.
The study, which has been published in the journal Carbon Balance and Management
, also showed that methane was responsible for about 16 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2006.
Methane is reported to be 85 times more potent than CO2 when it comes to trapping heat and impacting climate change.
Download the full study HERE. (Source: Springer Open, Nature, TechTimes, Others, 30 Sept., 2017)
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Cool Planet Raises $19.3Mn for Biochar Initiative (Funding)
After raising $100 million in 2014 for its biofuel business, Greenwood Village, Colorado-based woody biomass-to-biofuels producer Cool Planet reports it has now raised $19.3 million for its pivot to biochar.
The new focus on biochar is in part due to ongoing low oil and gasoline prices which has made biofuels less competitive.
North Bridge Venture Partners, which led the $19.3 million Series A round, was also an early investor in Cool Planet's biofuels business.
According to Cool Planet, its Cool Terra product sequesters carbon and enriches soil and boosts crop yields by nearly 15 pct. The company is also investigating ways product could be used reduce livestock methane emissions. (Source: Cool Planet, ImpactAlpha, 27 Mar., 2017)Contact: Cool Planet, Howard Janzen, CEO, Mike Rocke, (940) 584-0490, www.coolplanet.com
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Livestock Methane Targeted in Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources Board
The nation's largest milk-producing and agriculture state, California, reports it is targeting methane greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock. Methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas, is released when cattle belch, pass gas and make manure.
Livestock are responsible for 14.5 pct of human-induced GHG emissions, with beef and dairy production accounting for the bulk of it, according to a 2013 United Nations report.
New California legislation requires dairies and other livestock operations to reduce methane emissions 40 pct below 2013 levels by 2030. The legislation will come into force in 2024.
The state has earmarked $50 million to help the state's approximately 1,500 dairies dairies set up digesters to help address the livestock methane problem. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Sacramento Bee, 28 Nov., 2016) Contact: California ARB, (800) 242-4450, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
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