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New Rice Strain Greatly Reduces Methane Emissions

Written by , on August 4, 2015

The US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a genetically engineered strain of rice that not only produces almost no methane but also more grain.  Read more »

The Fracking FAQs

Written by , on May 11, 2012

Using oil and gas as an energy source is a remnant of old Industial Age technology and not normally part of our discussion of the developing Global Age. However, the increased price of fossil fuels, resulting from the world’s diminishing oil supply, has led to some extraordinary techniques being used to extract oil and gas […]  Read more »

Study: Livestock Could Account for Half Greenhouse Gas

Written by , on October 22, 2009

It is generally argued that livestock are the cause of about 18% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. The figure comes from a 2006 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation report titled “Livestock’s Long Shadow”. A new study by Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, published in Worldwatch magazine, argues that this greatly understimates the impact of […]  Read more »

Fish Oil for Cows Reduces Emissions

Written by , on April 10, 2009

Researchers at University College in Dublin have found that supplementing the diet of cows with omega-3 fatty acid in the form of fish oil helps their heart and circulatory system, resulting in improved meat quality and a reduction in the amount of methane belched by the cows. This lowering of emissions is important for the […]  Read more »

Cow Diet Reduces Emissions

Written by , on September 9, 2008

Farmers in the UK are trialling a diet that promises to cut down on the belching coming from cows. By feeding cows with hay and straw chopped into 6-7cm in length, farmers can cut down on emissions by 20%. The secret is to cut straw or hay into strips and to mix them with silage, […]  Read more »

Saving the World from Cows

Written by , on January 29, 2008

Japanese researchers believe that they have found a way to neutralise the methane in the belches of the world’s 1.5 billion cows which is thought to account for five per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. Cows produce astonishing quantities of methane gas as the bacteria in their stomachs breaks down plant fibres. Their near-constant cud-chewing […]  Read more »