methane emissions

the uk’s cows produce 36m tonnes in waste every year

The planet’s prodigious poo problem

Recent research has estimated that by 2030, the planet will be generating at least 5bn tonnes of poo each year, with the vast majority being deposited by livestock. With 80% of farms in the Netherlands already producing more cow dung than they can legally use as fertiliser, and China resorting to drastic measures to try to reduce the amount of manure being discharged into rivers, scientists say this is a major environment and health challenge.

livestock are a leading source of the rise in methane levels

Sharp rise in methane levels threatens world climate targets

Experts warn that failure to act risks spike in global temperatures — Dramatic rises in atmospheric methane are threatening to derail plans to hold global temperature rises to 2°C, scientists have warned. In a paper published this month by the American Geophysical Union, researchers say sharp rises in levels of methane – which is a …

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miners prepare coal for transport at a coal mine site in changzhi, china

China’s methane emissions rise despite tougher laws, satellite data shows

Methane emissions from coal mining in China have risen despite stricter government regulations that aimed to curb the greenhouse gas, satellite data shows — The data, which is published in Nature Communications, finds China’s methane emissions rose by 1.1m tonnes a year between 2010 and 2015. This could account for up to a quarter of …

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coal mine in the north fork valley

The US’ hidden methane problem

Unregulated, unnoticed coal mines across the US are leaking a potent greenhouse gas with the same greenhouse effect as 13 million cars — Across the US, a major, uncontrolled leak of a potent greenhouse gas is going unregulated and largely unnoticed. Climate Home News analysis of government data has identified roughly 300 active and 200 …

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boonsboro forest, maryland

Methane uptake from forest soils has ‘fallen by 77% in three decades’

The amount of methane absorbed by forest soils has fallen by an average of 77% in the northern hemisphere over the past 27 years, a new study finds — The research, which analysed soil data taken from more than 300 studies, suggests that the world is currently “overestimating the role that forest soils play in …

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negro river, brazil

Rising Seas Increase Methane Emissions from the Mouths of Rivers

Drowned river deltas exhale large quantities of greenhouse gas, new study finds — Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas, with more than 20 times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide. Produced by biological decomposition of organic matter, as well as the same processes that make fossil fuels, methane wafts from many sources, including landfills …

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