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Indonesia Protects its Peatlands

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 1:14:00 PM

Indonesia has vowed to halt the draining and burning of peatlands in a move that will have a significant effect in restricting carbon emissions.

The country's president, Joko Widodo, has announced a moratorium on all activities that drain the peat wetlands which cover much of the nation. Indonesia is known for its extensive tropical peat bogs — a resource that acts as a natural 'carbon sink' locking away the substance in the soil.

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Topics: CO2, Peatlands, Indonesia, Carbon Sink

The Green, Green Gas of Home

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 10:43:00 AM

The use of gas from fracking is highly contentious, but a new technology could offer an environmentally sound alternative from the grass growing under our feet.

Britain's first 'green gas mill' to be built at Sparsholt College in Hampshire, will take grass from nearby fields and break it down in an anaerobic digester to produce methane gas to feed into the national grid.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Green Energy, CO2, Green Gas Mill

Denmark's Burping Cows in Fight Against Global Warming

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 12:21:00 PM

Researchers at a Danish university are developing a new strain of grass that is easier for cattle to digest, meaning animals grazing on it will burp and break wind less, and so help in the fight against climate change.

The problem with cows – and the same goes for all ruminants such as sheep, goats, camels and deer – is that due to their physiology what is expelled is methane, a powerful warming gas. Every kilo of methane has the same climate change effect as 23 kilos of CO2. Each cow emits a median of around 100 kilos of methane a year, which is equivalent to 2,300 kilos of CO2. Put another way, one cow's 'carbon footprint' is about the same as that of an average petrol car travelling 12,500kms a year.

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Topics: Climate Change, CO2, Denmark, Global Warming

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