Scientistsí new mission: find how to stop cows burping greenhouse gases


Oliver Wright, The Times (UK)

July 16 2021


Ministers have ordered scientific research to find the best way to prevent cows emitting gases and exacerbating climate change.


In an unusual commission, George Eustice, the environment secretary, has ordered government scientists to assess competing technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the digestive systems of cattle.


The findings will be used to introduce a gold standard for farmers as part of the commitment by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to hit net zero targets by 2050.


Emissions from UK farms amount to 45.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gases a year, about one tenth of all UK emissions.


But in contrast to the rest of the economy only ten percent of this is CO2. About...


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