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New tools needed to cut agricultural emissions – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 19th, 2016.

One billion tonnes. That’s how much the global agricultural industry needs to cut its emissions per year by 2030 to achieve the goals set at COP21 in Paris, according to a new study. An international team of scientists – including a New Zealander – calculated the required emissions cuts based on the goal of keeping […]

Agriculture culprit behind methane rise – In the News

John Kerr posted in on March 11th, 2016.

Increases in agriculture are the likely cause of a global rise in methane emissions over the last decade, according to New Zealand research published today in the journal Science. The concentration of greenhouse gas methane in the atmosphere rose steadily over the last century, before flattening out in the late 90’s.Then in 2006 methane levels […]

Methane inhibitors could lead to lower agricultural emissions

John Kerr posted in on April 29th, 2015.

New Zealand researchers have identified several compounds which show promise in reducing methane emissions from cows and sheep. Methane emissions from agriculture are the largest contributor to New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for about one third of our total emissions. This week researchers at the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Conference announced that […]

Mine CCTV footage – what it may tell us

Peter Griffin posted in on November 24th, 2010.

CCTV video footage taken from a camera at the entrance to the Pike River mine was released last night and shows the impact of the pressure wave that resulted from the explosion deep within the mine. The 52-second piece of footage can be viewed on most news websites including TV3 and Stuff. The Science Media […]

Coverage of the Pike River mine explosion

Peter Griffin posted in on November 22nd, 2010.

On Friday evening, the Pike River mine outside the South Island town of Greymouth experienced an explosion which trapped 29 miners below the surface. The explosion looks to have been due to a methane gas buildup, making rescue attempts difficult, both for fear of setting off a second explosion, and due to potentially high levels […]

TVNZ/NZPA: AgResearch to go offshore for GE clover

Peter Griffin posted in on June 16th, 2010.

Some of the research into the development of genetically engineered (GE) clover which could reduce pastoral greenhouse gas emissions will be done overseas, says AgResearch. The aim of the research is to switch on a specific gene in white clover which would reduce methane emissions and nitrogen waste, provide livestock with extra protein, and improve […]

3 News: NZ methane emissions extremely high

Peter Griffin posted in on June 16th, 2010.

Melissa Davies writes for 3 News about New Zealand’s methane emissions, which are fives times the global average per head of population, and why they are bad for the environment. An excerpt: (read in full here) “”In terms of a gas that can absorb heat, infrared radiation and be implicated in global warming – it […]

Agricultural emissions – the global effort to reduce them

Peter Griffin posted in on March 31st, 2010.

Officials and scientists from 28 countries that have signed up to the Global Research Alliance will arrive in Wellington next week to hammer out a plan to “produce more food with fewer emissions”. A four day conference running from 7 – 10 April will include a morning of public sessions – speeches from Prime Minister […]

Newsletter Digest: The CRI Taskforce, a sequenced methanogen, non-smoking NZ and GM

Peter Griffin posted in on January 29th, 2010.

CRI Taskforce set to give its verdict The CRI Taskforce, set up by the Government to review the structure of the country’s Crown Research Institutes, is set to release its recommendations after presenting them to the Minister for Research, Science and Technology, Dr Wayne Mapp on February 15. Taskforce chairman Neville Jordan said the review […]

One step closer to livestock that burp less

Peter Griffin posted in on January 28th, 2010.

Today, the first map of a rumen methanogen DNA sequence was published in the journal PLoS One, giving scientists worldwide a major new opportunity to identify methods for cutting methane emissions from cows. There was much excitement in late 2008 when it was announced that a team of PGgRC/AgResearch scientists were the first in the […]

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