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Highs and lows for NZ in environment report

John Kerr posted in on October 29th, 2015.

New Zealand’s environmental performance is a mixed bag according the latest report from the OECD, with greenhouse gas emissions and waste disposal looking particularly poor compared to other developed countries. The Environment at a Glance 2015 report draws on international data to compare countries across a wide rang of environmental indicators. Some of the key […]

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 […]

TVNZ/One News: Scientists work with farmers to cut emissions

Peter Griffin posted in on June 10th, 2010.

In order to help farmers make the best greenhouse gas mitigation choices, NIWA scientists are travelling the country to learn more about how paddocks emit these gases. The study will include  looking at the effectiveness of chemical sprays currently used to decrease nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural land. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Farmer […]

Radio NZ: Greenhouse gas research centre opens

Peter Griffin posted in on March 4th, 2010.

Radio New Zealand also reports on the newly opened Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre in Palmerston North. The centre, which has been given $50 million over the next decade by Prime Minister John Key, will investigate ways to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. An excerpt (read in full here) “It will be run by AgResearch […]

ODT: Greenhouse gases measured remotely

Peter Griffin posted in on February 22nd, 2010.

Tuangane Matangi reports, in the Otago Daily Times, on a new technology which enables scientists to measure nitrous oxides emissions from paddocks more easily and cost-effectively. The technology, developed by AgResearch, allows gas samples to be taken from grass in paddocks without the need for manual, on site sampling.  Instead, closed chambers are placed on […]

NZ Herald: Counting burps – it’s a gas

Peter Griffin posted in on January 21st, 2010.

Kathy Marks of the NZ Herald reports on an Australian project in which sheep are to have their burp outputs measured. The project, which is the first of its kind, aims to identify those animals which burp less, potentiallyallowing the breeding of ‘burpless’ sheep. An excerpt: (read in full here) “The world-first study is being […]

TVNZ/Newstalk ZB: Researchers attempt to silence the lambs

Peter Griffin posted in on January 18th, 2010.

Scientists all over the world are looking into strategies which would reduce the amount of methane produced by livestock. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Everything from changing the animal’s diets to breeding new sheep has been attempted, but researchers are becoming continually frustrated by livestock emission. Cocktails of clover, garlic, and cottonseed and doses […]

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