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2010-03-22 13:35:00

Cutting back on consumption of meat and dairy products will not have a major impact in combating global warming "” despite repeated claims that link diets rich in animal products to production of greenhouse gases. That's the conclusion of a report presented today at the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Air quality expert Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., who made the presentation, said that giving cows and pigs a bum rap is not only scientifically inaccurate, but also...

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2010-02-19 09:07:03

Turfgrass management can create more greenhouse gas than plants remove from atmosphere Dispelling the notion that urban "green" spaces help counteract greenhouse gas emissions, new research has found "“ in Southern California at least "“ that total emissions might be lower if lawns did not exist. Turfgrass lawns help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and store it as organic carbon in soil, making them important "carbon sinks." However, greenhouse gas...

2009-12-28 09:00:00

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- President Obama and the EPA are gearing up to put the nation on a low-carbon diet and their strategy would do Weight Watchers proud: Count first, cut later. The counting begins on Jan. 1, 2010 when some 10,000 companies and other entities, including municipalities and even some universities, must start measuring their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. And while it's uncertain when mandatory cuts will be announced - and whether Congress or...

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2009-12-12 10:40:00

According to a senior authority on climate change, eating meat has a major impact on global warming and could become as socially unacceptable as drunk-driving. To help reduce global carbon emissions, Lord Stern of Brentford says people will have to consider turning to a vegetarian diet. "Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world's resources. A vegetarian diet is better," Stern said. Scientists believe farm animals, like...

2009-11-23 09:19:01

A new calculation of Europe's greenhouse gas balance shows that emissions of methane and nitrous oxide tip the balance and eliminate Europe's terrestrial sink of greenhouse-gases Of all global carbon dioxide emissions, less than half accumulate in the atmosphere where it contributes to global warming. The remainder is hidden away in oceans and terrestrial ecosystems such as forests, grasslands and peat-lands. Stimulating this "free service" of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems is considered...

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2009-03-26 13:37:26

An Australian scientist said Thursday that farmers of the future will have to use sheep and cattle that produce less methane, and crops that emit less nitrous oxide. They must also become experts in reporting their greenhouse gas emissions to governments, said University of Melbourne scientist Richard John Eckard on Thursday. Agriculture represents a significant source of global greenhouse gas emissions, and is only expected to rise as an increasing human population demands more and more...

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2009-02-26 11:15:36

The Australian Agriculture Minister said the government will invest A$26.8 million ($17.4 million US) to support research that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock. Methane coming from farm animals accounts for some 12 percent of the country's yearly greenhouse gas emissions. They are the third largest source of carbon emissions in Australia. Agriculture Minister Tony Burke said farmers will have to pay increased transport and fertilizer costs as a result of the new...

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2009-02-16 13:05:00

Scientists are calling the hamburger the "Hummer" of foods when it comes to global warming, saying just switching from steak to salad could cut as much carbon as leaving the car at home a couple days a week, the AFP reported. Nathan Pelletier of Dalhousie University in Canada said beef is such an incredibly inefficient food to produce and cows release so much harmful methane into the atmosphere, creating the comparison. Pelletier is studying the environmental costs of food from field to...

2009-02-02 08:15:00

Let's Act Now tells the public the other inconvenient truth - our meat eating habit is a principal cause of global warming and a meatless diet can stop runaway climate change NEW YORK, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Let's Act Now launched today a nationwide Public Service Announcement campaign stressing the urgency of climate change and its connection to our food choices. The campaign urges the public to understand their own personal responsibility in stopping global warming. According to a special...

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2006-11-03 11:05:00

By ELIANE ENGELER, Associated Press Writer GENEVA - Heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2005 and are still increasing, the U.N. weather agency said Friday. The measurements coordinated by the  World Meteorological Organization show that the global average concentrations of carbon dioxide, or CO2, and nitrous oxide, or N2O, reached record levels last year and are expected to increase even further this year, said Geir Braathen, a climate...