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posted by martyb on Saturday July 12 2014, @06:19PM   Printer-friendly
from the jumpin'-jack-flash dept.

A just-published analysis of data received from a satellite in 2004 has shown that at least during that year, livestock in the U.S. emitted more methane into the atmosphere than did the oil and gas industry. In their article published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, a team of researchers from Harvard University, California Institute of Technology and the University of California studying the data note that such emissions were far higher than was reported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Specifically, the researchers found satellite data showed livestock emitted 13 million tons of methane over the summer in 2004 (the EPA reported 9.7 million tons). They found the satellite data also showed that the combined emissions of the oil and gas industry amounted to 7 million tons (the EPA reported 9.9 million tons).

Unfortunately the sensor on the satellite was unable to show methane amounts after 2004, thus more data is not available. That will, however, change soon as a new satellite with sophisticated atmospheric gas monitoring sensors aboard is set to launch next year. More information on the role that methane plays in changing our climate can be found here.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 12 2014, @07:08PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 12 2014, @07:08PM (#68204)

    > Eat less meat?

    Also less rice []

    And 2004 was before the fracking boom really got started. []

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by kaszz on Saturday July 12 2014, @07:10PM

    by kaszz (4211) on Saturday July 12 2014, @07:10PM (#68206) Journal

    If they emit CH4 then CO2 is going to be one of the lesser concerns. All in the name of the almighty profit..

  • (Score: 2) by meisterister on Sunday July 13 2014, @05:25AM

    by meisterister (949) on Sunday July 13 2014, @05:25AM (#68377) Journal

    Really? Fine, ruin my favorite food why don't you.

    (May or may not have been) Posted from my K6-2, Athlon XP, or Pentium I/II/III.