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  • Seaweed-Eating Cows Burp Less Methane into Our Atmosphere

    03/26/2021 8:31:28 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 43 replies
    Nerdlist ^ | March 23, 2021 | Tai Gooden
    Cow burps are apparently the source of a lot of methane in our atmosphere. And there are a lot of cows on Earth. But a new research mission suggests a great way to reduce those emissions and significantly lower methane, which causes warming on our planet, and its straight from the sea. As reported by the Guardian, adding seaweed to beef cow diets can lower methane by as much as 82%. “We now have sound evidence that seaweed in cattle diet is effective at reducing greenhouse gases and that the efficacy does not diminish over time,” said agricultural scientist Ermias...
  • UK Company Develops Climate Change Masks for Cows

    01/03/2021 11:30:19 AM PST · by PROCON · 31 replies ^ | Jan. 2, 2021 | Eric Worrall
    According to Wired, a new bovine burp mask fitted with a catalytic converter catches methane expelled from cattle and converts it to CO2 and water. Methane is a more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2.~~~SNIP~~~There are 1.6 billion cattle on Earth, and their burps and farts are becoming a big problem. Cows expel methane, a colourless and odourless gas which is approximately 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide when it comes to warming the planet.Zelp, a UK-based company, has developed a potential solution in the form of a burp-catching face mask for cows, designed to reduce methane emissions from cattle...
  • Mars methane mysteriously missing

    12/29/2020 8:53:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    SyFy Wire ^ | 12/29/2020 | Phil Plait
    For many years, planetary scientists have been tracking a Martian ghost: methane gas. It was first seen by ground-based observations of Mars back in the 2000s, then subsequently by spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet. But these observations barely detected it, and have been called into question time and again. There's been much debate, and some of the claims have been contradictory So the European Space Agency sent a probe to Mars called the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, equipped with a device on it called the Nadir and Occultation for MArs Discovery, or NOMAD*. It can look for many different gases,...
  • A Biden 2035

    10/29/2020 5:37:31 AM PDT · by Brian Griffin · 3 replies
    October 29, 2020 | Brian Griffin
    January 1, 2035 The USA has kept its promise under its Paris climate pact renewal shepherded though a reluctant Senate by Majority Leader Schumer in 2021 after an angry rebuke of about a dozen Democratic holdouts by President Biden, who was at his dogmatic best, pure emotion untempered by in-depth thought. The once great American oil companies such as Exxon-Mobil and Chevron no longer exist. America no longer has a petrochemical industry. This has created drug shortages in past years as needed chemicals were not available, but buying and stockpiling Chinese chemicals paid for by jewelry extracted from Americans needing...
  • EPA cracks down on 'ideologically driven regulations' New methane standards part of 'big puzzle' involving environment

    08/24/2020 7:12:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 8/23/2020 | Jason Issac
    Last Thursday, the EPA announced the adoption of new environmental standards that will reduce overburdensome regulations on methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. While the climate alarmists will scream that the end is near, the EPA estimates the new regulations will increase methane emissions by only a few percent over the next 5 years. And it represents an important shift in the EPA’s stance on whether it should regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs) other than carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Burger King addresses climate change by changing cows’ diets

    07/15/2020 1:54:01 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 15,2020 | AP
    Burger King is staging an intervention with its cows. The chain has rebalanced the diet of some of the cows by adding lemon grass in a bid to limit bovines contributions to climate change. By tweaking their diet, Burger King said Tuesday that it believes it can reduce a cows’ daily methane emissions by about 33%. Cows emit methane as a by-product of their digestion, and that has become a potential public relations hurdle for major burger chains. Greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture sector made up 9.9% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2018, according to the Environmental...
  • Video: Trump Retweets Hilarious Viral Video of Texas Mayor Taking a Dump on Hot Mic

    02/15/2020 10:45:57 AM PST · by USA Conservative · 43 replies
    Right Journalism ^ | 02.15.2020 | Alex D.
    For some reason, Donald Trump decided on Saturday to retweet a video of a Texas mayor who was unaware he was still wearing a hot mic when he went to the bathroom. The Twitter user Trump boosted is outspokenly anti-Trump but the President didn’t mind that because the video is hilarious. Well, if you are a conservative you will find this funny and if you are a liberal than you will call this re-tweet gross. Sometime between 7:22 am and 8:04 am Saturday morning — the times of the surrounding tweets — Trump retweeted a video from the account of...
  • Blockbuster: Planetary temperature controls CO2 levels — not humans

    08/04/2011 12:37:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    JoNova ^ | August 5th, 2011 | Joanne
    There goes another “fingerprint”… It’s not just that man-made emissions don’t control the climate, they don’t even control global CO2 levels. Judging by the speech Murry Salby gave at the Sydney Institute, there’s a blockbuster paper coming soon.Listen to the speech: “Global Emission of Carbon Dioxide: The Contribution from Natural Sources”Professor Murry Salby is Chair of Climate Science at Macquarie University. He’s been a visiting professorships at Paris, Stockholm, Jerusalem, and Kyoto, and he’s spent time at the Bureau of Meterology in Australia. Over the last two years he has been looking at C12 and C13 ratios and CO2 levels...
  • Cap and Charade

    03/03/2007 3:49:48 AM PST · by yoe · 24 replies · 862+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 3, 2007 | Editor
    The idea of a cap-and-trade system for limiting carbon-dioxide emissions in the U.S. has become all the rage. Earlier this year, 10 big American companies formed the Climate Action Partnership to lobby for government action on climate change. And this week the private-equity consortium that is bidding to take over Texas utility TXU announced that, as part of the buyout, it would join the forces lobbying for a cap on carbon emissions. But this is not, as Lenin once said, a case of capitalists selling the rope to hang themselves with. In most cases, it is good old-fashioned rent-seeking with...
  • Simple Chemistry and the Real Greenhouse Effect.

    02/10/2011 9:29:16 AM PST · by BillM · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Blogging Tories ^ | March 2010 | Bill MacLean
    Simple Chemistry and the Real Greenhouse Effect. Truths: 1. Most of the Sun’s radiation that gets to the Earth’s lower atmosphere passes through substantially unabsorbed. 2. Most of the radiation is then absorbed on contact with the Earth’s surface. This includes the majority water and the minority land. 3. Most of the Earth’s surface is either water or moist vegetation. Most of the radiation from the sun is converted to infrared wavelengths at or near the surface. The water molecules absorb the infrared radiation causing increased vibration within the individual water molecules. This is converted into translational energy during intermolecular...
  • Pa. DEP and major oil companies agree: Trump administration shouldn't roll back methane rules

    12/03/2019 7:49:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 2, 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Several groups that often are at odds over environmental rules are on the same side when it comes to easing methane regulations at oil and gas sites. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection joined major oil and gas companies, environmental groups and lawmakers from both parties last week in urging the Trump administration not to go through with its proposal to eliminate methane control requirements from well sites and pipelines across the country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to roll back rules adopted in 2016 that require companies to identify and stop methane leaks from new and modified...
  • New Mexico climate task force releases report (Implies give up our lifestyle)

    11/23/2019 3:42:08 PM PST · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 21, 2019 | Dan Boyd And Theresa Davis
    A New Mexico climate change task force released its first report Thursday, citing progress that has been made to combat the “climate crisis” and recommendations for the state climate strategy. Among other findings, the task force said New Mexico produced more than 66 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 – about 1% of the national total. The state is home to about 0.6% of the nation’s population ... Overall, New Mexicans produce 31 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per person per year, the report found. The national average is 18 tons per person. “It is not hyperbole...
  • Nobody knows what’s creating oxygen on Mars

    11/14/2019 11:29:07 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 55 replies
    BGR ^ | 13 November 2019 | Mike Wehner
    NASA’s Curiosity rover returned some seriously surprising data to Earth earlier this year, with readings of elevated methane levels that were hard to explain. Subsequent tests attempted to pin down the cause of the higher-than-expected readings but scientists have yet to come up with a definitive answer. Now, as questions about methane continue to swirl, scientists studying the behavior of gasses on Mars have noticed that oxygen on the Red Planet also acts much differently than it does on Earth. The observations were made in the Gale Crater, which the rover has called home since it landed there back in...
  • Methane sensors put on planes, trucks in oil production zone (NM,TX)

    10/04/2019 11:15:11 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 19 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | October 2, 2019 | AP
    SANTA FE, N.M. — Methane sensors will be put on planes, trucks and atop towers in the West Texas and southeastern New Mexico desert in a new effort to gauge the extent of greenhouse gas emissions from surging oil and natural gas production, advocates with the Environmental Defense Fund announced Wednesday. The yearlong project in the Permian Basin petroleum production region involves researchers from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wyoming, and low-flying planes from a Colorado-based atmospheric research company. The new methods will be used because traditional estimates of methane emissions have not kept up with the rapid...
  • An underwater observatory inexplicably went missing from the bottom of a bay...

    09/07/2019 8:14:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | Scottie Andrew,
    The Boknis Eck Observatory might've been "forcibly removed" from a bay in Germany, the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel said. Data transmission from the underwater sensors suddenly cut out one night in August, GEOMAR said. When divers went to investigate at the observatory site, they found nothing but a shredded cable that once anchored it. The observatory, planted in Kiel's Eckernförde Bay in 2016, consists of two "desk-sized" racks: One acts as a power source, tethered to the coast by a cable, and the other contains the sensors that transmit data back to shore. Both were missing...
  • US proposing easing rules on climate-changing oil emissions [barf]

    08/29/2019 11:17:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 29, 2019 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed revoking Obama-era regulations on climate-changing methane leaks from many oil facilities, a move that environmental groups said was meant to renounce the agency’s overall legal authority to regulate the gas in the fight against global warming. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the proposed rule followed President Donald Trump’s directions to remove “unnecessary and duplicative regulatory burdens from the oil and gas industry.” The step would be the latest in a series easing the previous administration’s emissions controls on the oil, gas and coal industries, including a 2016 rule regulating oil-industry methane leaks as...
  • Cause of mysterious methane spikes on Mars still unknown

    08/14/2019 7:11:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/13/2019 | Chris Ciaccia |
    A few months after detecting an "unusually high" level of methane on Mars, researchers have yet to figure out what's causing the spike. According to a study published in Scientific Reports, researchers from Newcastle University in the U.K. have ruled out that the spike could have been caused by wind erosion of rocks that had trapped the methane from fluid inclusions and fractures on the Red Planet's surface. "The questions are -- where is this methane coming from, and is the source biological?" principal investigator Dr. Jon Telling said Telling added that over the last decade, winds on Mars have...
  • Wait…Who's Trying to Beat Climate Change?

    08/09/2019 11:52:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | August 10, 2019 | Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely
    The energy industry is waging war against climate change - and winning. Last week, the Environmental Partnership, a group of oil and gas firms dedicated to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, released its first annual progress report. The results are impressive -- and showcase what happens when an industry unites to further the public good. The Environmental Partnership launched in late 2017 with 26 members. Within 12 months, it more than doubled in size to 58 members -- including 32 of America's top 40 oil and gas producers. Today, its members account for nearly half of America's oil and natural gas...
  • NASA's Curiosity Rover Detects Spike in Methane on Mars

    06/22/2019 4:27:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 06/22/2019 | Tom McKay
    High levels of methane could potentially be generated underground by microbes called methanogens that survive without oxygen and produce the gas as a metabolic byproduct. Project scientist Ashwin R. Vasavada told the Curiosity science team in an email that “Given this surprising result, we’ve reorganized the weekend to run a follow-up experiment,” the Times wrote. The readings on Wednesday are over three times that of a sudden spike in 2013 that lasted several months; after first finding nothing after its touchdown in 2012, Curiosity detected approximately seven parts per billion of methane later in the year. The newest measurements are...
  • Reducing reliance on Russia, Poland considers purchase of Israeli gas

    04/30/2019 5:49:57 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 29, 2019 | Eytan Halon
    The discovery of more major natural gas fields in Israel since 2009 has transformed the Jewish state from an energy-dependent country into an energy supplier Polish state-controlled energy company PGNiG is considering the purchase of Israeli natural gas as it seeks to reduce its dependence on key Russian supplier, Gazprom. “We want to be the company at the crossroads of North-South and East-West... we need something to the south,” PGNiG chief executive Piotr Wozniak told Reuters last week. “So we are looking at all those places to the south of Poland very carefully... So yes, we are interested in Israel,”...