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  • Rice an unlikely global warming culprit (methane)

    12/05/2009 6:55:32 AM PST · by decimon · 24 replies · 744+ views
    AFP ^ | Dec 4, 2009 | Karl Malakunas
    LOS BANOS, Philippines (AFP) – Asian rice farmers typically do not fly around the world on holidays or own big-engine cars but scientists say they have an important role to play in helping cut the world's output of greenhouse gases. While much of the globe's focus in the climate change fight is on the burning of fossil fuels and the logging of rainforests, water-logged rice paddies are also a major source of global warming-causing methane. > About 10 percent of the methane comes from rice farming, while other sources include the flatulence of cows and decomposing landfill garbage dumps. Wassmann...
  • ContourGlobal, Alice Albright, the Carlyle Group and Africa

    11/05/2009 7:20:31 AM PST · by FromLori · 7 replies · 505+ views
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 11/5/09 | Robert Wenzel
    Following up on my posting of Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin's speech at University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, PEU Report/State of the Division has done yeoman's work in digging deeper into what the power elite are up to in Africa. Here's some of what he has discovered, most of which originally appeared as comments by PEU Report to my original post: Alice Albright, formerly of the Carlyle Group & JP Morgan and daughter of Madeleine Albright, joined the Ex-Im Bank. Their October report is clearly focused on Africa. Here's their blurb: EX-IM BANK WELCOMES ALICE ALBRIGHT We welcome...
  • Attention Climate Commies: Your Cow Farteth Over

    10/30/2009 1:31:40 PM PDT · by sdkruiser · 5 replies · 430+ views
    Stephen Kruiser ^ | 10/30/09 | Stephen Kruiser
    Regulate all the carbon dioxide you want, greenies, it's your future burgers that are really doing the damage. Methane’s impact on global temperatures is about a third higher than generally thought because previous estimates have not accounted for its interaction with airborne particles called aerosols, Nasa scientists found. When this indirect effect of the potent greenhouse gas is included one tonne of methane has about 33 times as much effect on the climate over 100 years as a tonne of carbon dioxide, rather than 25 times as in standard estimates. Thirty-three times more damage than CO2. Obviously, breaking the back...
  • Climate concerns turn city's smell into cash cow

    10/18/2009 1:15:51 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 23 replies · 948+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | October 17, 2009 | Dina Cappiello
    The smell of manure hangs over Greeley as it has for half a century. These days it's more than just a potent reminder of the region's agricultural roots and the hundreds of thousands of cattle raised on the city's outskirts. The stench smells like an opportunity. Investors are lining up to support a planned clean energy park that eventually will convert some of the methane gas released from the manure piles into power for a cheese factory and other businesses. JBS, which runs two of the largest feed yards and the local slaughterhouse, is testing a new technology that heats...
  • FYI: Is There a Scientific Way to Measure How Bad a Fart Smells?

    09/11/2009 6:39:55 PM PDT · by Saije · 79 replies · 5,066+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 9/1/2009 | Bjorn Carey
    You’re in luck. For their senior project, two Cornell University computer-engineering whizzes recently built a machine that does just that. After learning in class how breathalyzers work, Robert Clain and Miguel Salas assembled a fart detector from a sensitive hydrogen sulfide monitor, a thermometer and a microphone and wrote the software that would rate the emission. A “slight perturbance in the air” near the detector sets it to work measuring the three pillars of fart quality: stench, temperature and sound. Temperature, Clain explains, is critical. The hotter a fart, the faster it spreads. “It beeps faster if it’s a high...
  • Climate trouble may be bubbling up in far north (methane from the permafrost and seabed)

    08/30/2009 5:46:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 1,093+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/30/09 | Charles J. Hanley - ap
    MACKENZIE RIVER DELTA, Northwest Territories – Only a squawk from a sandhill crane broke the Arctic silence — and a low gurgle of bubbles, a watery whisper of trouble repeated in countless spots around the polar world. "On a calm day, you can see 20 or more `seeps' out across this lake," said Canadian researcher Rob Bowen, sidling his small rubber boat up beside one of them. A tossed match would have set it ablaze. "It's essentially pure methane." Pure methane, gas bubbling up from underwater vents, escaping into northern skies, adds to the global-warming gases accumulating in the atmosphere....
  • Latest Case for Martian Life May Just Be Hot Air

    08/08/2009 9:43:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 913+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 5 August 2009 | Phil Berardelli
    Enlarge ImageConundrum. Researchers can't predict why methane (red and yellow areas) is so spotty in the Martian atmosphere. Credit: NASA Just as researchers were once again getting their hopes up, a new study undercuts the prospects for martian life. Scientists have discovered that methane in the martian atmosphere, one of the primary signals that biological processes may be at work today on the red planet, is behaving in unexplainable ways. The results challenge the latest evidence suggesting that Mars is--or was ever--inhabited. Mars has been a roller coaster for astrobiologists. In 1996, for example, researchers reported that a martian...
  • Lucky find of undersea methane bubbles

    07/31/2009 9:56:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies · 1,402+ views
    Nature News ^ | 29 July 2009 | NA
    News in Brief NOAAWhile testing equipment off the Californian coast last month, a newly refitted research vessel stumbled across plumes of methane gas rising 1,400 metres from the sea floor. The Okeanos Explorer, commissioned last year by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) after a US$20-million refit, was testing a new multi-beam sonar system in the Mendocino fracture zone (see sonar image, above). On 15 July the ship returned to the site to capture plume material for analysis in the coming weeks. The plumes, which measure up to 1 kilometre across, typically dissipate about 600 metres below the...
  • Methane Mystery: L.A. Emitting Twice as Much as Estimated

    07/29/2009 3:40:27 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 105 replies · 4,003+ views
    Discovery News via ENN ^ | July 27, 2009 08:50 AM | Michael Reilly, Discovery News
    The greater Los Angeles area is emitting more than double the amount of methane than previously estimated, according to a new study. A greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide (CO2), most man-made methane (CH4) emission comes from agriculture -- rice paddies, livestock, and biomass burning are all big contributors. As a result studies have largely ignored the methane coming from urban areas, and regulatory agencies have had to rely on guesswork to fill in the gaps. Debra Wunch of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and a team of researchers measured greenhouse gas emissions in the...
  • EPA Cover-Up

    07/16/2009 1:03:03 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 4 replies · 764+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 16, 2009 | Walter Williams
    On June 28, 2009, the House of Representatives, by a narrow margin (219-212), passed the Waxman-Markey bill. The so-called “cap and trade” bill has been sold as a system for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the struggle against global warming. There’s a full-court press on the U.S. Senate to pass its version of “cap and trade”...The Obama administration’s EPA sees the increasing evidence against global warming as a threat to their agenda and has taken desperate measures. About a week before the House vote on “cap and trade,” the Washington, D.C.-based Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released some EPA e-mails, demonstrating...
  • Waxman-Markey: Man-Made Disaster

    06/25/2009 5:07:18 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 28 replies · 2,146+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 25, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Fiscal Policy: The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on an anti-stimulus package that in the name of saving the earth will destroy the American economy. Smoot-Hawley will seem like a speed bump...As we've said before, capping emissions is capping economic growth. An analysis of Waxman-Markey by the Heritage Foundation projects that by 2035 it would reduce aggregate gross domestic product by $7.4 trillion. In an average year, 844,000 jobs would be destroyed, with peak years seeing unemployment rise by almost 2 million. Consumers would pay through the nose as electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket, as President Obama once...
  • Canadian scientists breeding cows that burp less (Breeding a greener hamburger?)

    06/23/2009 9:10:15 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 25 replies · 663+ views
    http://www.newsdaily.com ^ | 2009/06/22 | Nina Lex
    Canadian scientists are breeding a special type of cow designed to burp less, a breakthrough that could reduce a big source of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Cows are responsible for nearly three-quarters of total methane emissions, according to Environment Canada. Most of the gas comes from bovine burps, which are 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. Stephen Moore, a professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, is examining the genes responsible for methane produced from a cow's four stomachs in order to breed more efficient, environmentally friendly cows. The professor of agricultural,...
  • Greener diet reduces dairy cows' methane burps (It's official - North America is just plain nuts!)

    06/23/2009 3:22:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies · 1,181+ views
    Daily Journal Online ^ | 6/23/09 | LISA RATHKE
    Greener diet reduces dairy cows' methane burpsBy LISA RATHKE Associated Press Writer Tuesday, June 23, 2009 COVENTRY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont dairy farmers Tim Maikshilo and Kristen Dellert, mindful of shrinking their carbon footprint, have changed their cows’ diet to reduce the amount of gas the animals burp — dairy cows’ contribution to global warming. Coventry Valley Farm is one of 15 Vermont farms working with Stonyfield Farm Inc., whose yogurt is made with their organic milk, to reduce the cows’ intestinal methane by feeding them flaxseed, alfalfa, and grasses high in Omega 3 fatty acids. The gas cows belch...
  • Mystery of Giant Ice Circles Resolved

    06/01/2009 6:38:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,201+ views
    LiveScience.com on Yahoo ^ | 6/1/09 | Jeremy Hsu
    Strange circles have once again appeared in the frozen surface of Lake Baikal in Siberia, as spotted by astronauts aboard the International Space Station this April. News reports described the ice rings as a puzzling phenomenon. But experts say they can explain the mystery, and it's not aliens - methane gas rising from the lake floor represents the likely culprit. Methane emissions can create a rising mass of warm water that begins swirling in a circular pattern because of the Coriolis force, or the phenomenon caused by the Earth's rotation that also helps create cyclones. "Once the water mass reaches...
  • Turning Natural Gas Green (Which Reminds Me...)

    05/04/2009 12:26:35 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 18 replies · 817+ views
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 05/04/09 | Tyler Hamilton
    Coal may be the dirty man of the energy world, but it isn't the only fossil fuel trying to clean up its act. A Canadian startup says that it has developed a way to strip carbon out of methane, resulting in hydrogen-enriched natural gas that burns cleaner and more efficiently. Atlantic Hydrogen, based in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, is betting that its "greener" natural gas will appeal to utilities and industrial customers looking to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions under an impending cap-and-trade regime. But an added financial benefit would come from the powdery carbon black that's extracted from the...
  • Methane-producing mineral discovered on Mars

    03/28/2009 4:20:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 1,574+ views
    Nature News ^ | 27 March 2009 | Eric Hand
    But it may not explain the presence of the gas on the Red Planet today.Traces of serpentine found at Nili Fossae on Mars.NASA/JPL/University of Arizona Surprises keep coming from Nili Fossae, a long, deep scar in the surface of Mars. In December last year, scientists reported evidence there for carbonates — minerals that typically form in the presence of water1. Then, in January, reports came that there was a large plume of methane in the area. On Earth the gas is made mostly by animals as a by-product — although it can also be produced naturally in the absence of...
  • Australia seeks to cut animal gas emissions

    02/26/2009 5:43:06 PM PST · by EveningStar · 33 replies · 716+ views
    AFP - Yahoo ^ | February 26, 2009
    The Australian government has announced a multi-million dollar investment in research on reducing gas emissions from farm animals as part of the fight against global warming.
  • Make methane while the sun shines - Nanotubes help turn carbon dioxide and water into...

    02/09/2009 3:59:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 1,480+ views
    Nature News ^ | 5 February 2009 | Charles Choi
    Nanotubes help turn carbon dioxide and water into natural gas. The nanotubes helped to turn water vapour and carbon dioxide inside a chamber into methane.Nano Lett. Researchers have used sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water vapour into a range of fuels faster than ever before, thanks to a nanotube catalyst.Materials scientist Craig Grimes and his colleagues at Pennsylvania State University in University Park have used hollow titania (titanium dioxide) nanotubes around 135 nanometres wide and a tenth of a millimetre long to catalyse the reaction. Scientists have used titania nanoparticles to speed up this process before, but Grimes and...
  • The Mythology Of Green Energy

    02/06/2009 5:16:13 AM PST · by jay1949 · 20 replies · 894+ views
    American Sentinel ^ | February 6, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    Anyone who believes the "green energy" hype should spend a day driving around Buchanan County, Virginia, to view the cross-hatching of excavations and roadcuts which scar the landscape. Southern Appalachia is experiencing a natural-gas boom, but the production of this "green" fuel is far from benign.
  • Methane Emissions? Don't Blame Plants

    01/16/2009 11:29:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 439+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 14 January 2009 | Claire Thomas
    Enlarge ImageNot guilty. Plants don't appear to produce methane, as had been previously reported.Credit: Srimathy Sriskantharajah Plants do not make the powerful greenhouse gas methane, according to new research that contradicts a controversial finding made in 2006. Instead, plants appear to merely be passing gas, so to speak, originally made by soil microbes. Methane comes from a variety of sources, including gas leaks, forest fires, and, of course, cow burps. Microbes in wetland soil can produce methane anaerobically (without using oxygen), but the idea that it can be produced aerobically (using oxygen) by plants, and on a large scale,...
  • Farmers blanch at idea of cow tax, EPA anti-methane effort is ridiculed

    01/14/2009 10:05:09 AM PST · by Coleus · 46 replies · 1,171+ views
    star ledger ^ | 12.28.08 | SAM ALI
    It turns out "going green" may mean cutting back on those juicy steaks and burgers. The reason: Cattle and other livestock expel tons of methane gas, which wreaks havoc on the environment. The issue has become so heated, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed taxing cows as a way to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act -- a suggestion that rankles dairy and cattle farmers. Pete Staats, whose family has owned Dutch Hollow Farms in Bridgewater for several generations, thinks taxing cows is just plain strange and could put farmers out of business. "I think it's...
  • Methane bursts from frozen tundra - Ice build-up may squeeze greenhouse gas from cold soil.

    12/10/2008 11:47:13 AM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,258+ views
    Nature News ^ | 2008-12-05 | Anna Barnett
    As the autumn cold begins to bite in the Arctic tundra, the freezing ground releases a large and unexpected burst of methane into the air. The emissions, thought to be squeezed out by the growth of surface frost, match up with an atmospheric methane surge that had previously gone unexplained. Scientists already knew that microbes breaking down organic debris in the northern wetlands emit considerable amounts of the greenhouse gas methane, a process that has been carefully measured for decades during the growing season. But it was widely assumed that methane production drops to nearly nothing over the winter, because...
  • Passing gas tax now unlikely

    12/02/2008 9:49:38 PM PST · by advance_copy · 43 replies · 901+ views
    WSFA ^ | 12/02/08
    WSFA 12 News first reported a proposed tax for Alabama farmers on livestock gas emissions last week, and we've learned new information. Since the report the Enviromental Protection Agency asked for comments from the agriculture industry with a deadline of the day after Thanksgiving. The outcry has been heard - loud a clear. Agriculture & Industries Commissioner Ron Sparks thanked Alabama farmers and consumers for making their voices heard regarding the proposed tax on livestock gas emissions. The proposal announced by the EPA was an advance announcement in anticipation of an actual regulation that would likely be brought up for...
  • Farmers Panic About a ‘Cow Tax’ [greenhouse gas regulation......]

    12/01/2008 11:21:21 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies · 5,459+ views
    Farmers Panic About a ‘Cow Tax’ By Kate Galbraith Should their greenhouse gases be taxed? (Photo: Steve Ruark for The New York Times) The comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s exploration of greenhouse gas regulation ended last Friday, with farmers lobbying furiously against the notion of a “cow tax” on methane, a potent greenhouse gas emitted by livestock. The New York Farm Bureau issued a statement last week (PDF) saying it feared that a tax could reach $175 per cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and upward of $20 for each hog. Such a tax would represent a...
  • 2 greenhouse gases on the rise worry scientists (Release of Arctic methane Alert!)

    10/24/2008 4:43:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 608+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/24/08 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON – Carbon dioxide isn't the only greenhouse gas that worries climate scientists. Airborne levels of two other potent gases — one from ancient plants, the other from flat-panel screen technology — are on the rise, too. And that's got scientists concerned about accelerated global warming. The gases are methane and nitrogen trifluoride. Both pale in comparison to the global warming effects of carbon dioxide, produced by the burning of coal, oil and other fossil fuels. In the past couple of years, however, these other two gases have been on the rise, according to two new studies. The increase is...
  • Plumes of methane identified on Mars - Finding could influence choice of landing site for Mars...

    10/21/2008 2:54:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 981+ views
    Nature News ^ | 21 October 2008 | Eric Hand
    Finding could influence choice of landing site for Mars Science Laboratory. Ithaca, New YorkMore than four years after researchers first said they had found methane gas on Mars, a scientist claims that he has "nailed" the controversial detection and identified key sources of the gas.Nili Fossae is a hotspot for martian methane, says Michael Mumma (below).JPL-Caltech/Univ. Arizona/NASA On Earth, methane is mostly biological in origin; on Mars, it could signal microbes living deep underground. The latest work suggests that martian methane is concentrated in both space and time - at a handful of hotspots hundreds of kilometres across, plumes of...
  • Plans unveiled to convert human waste to energy (San Antonio and methane gas harvesting)

    09/09/2008 8:04:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 337+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/9/08 | Jim Forsyth
    SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The U.S. city of San Antonio unveiled a deal on Tuesday that will make it the first U.S. city to harvest methane gas from human waste on a commercial scale and turn it into clean-burning fuel. San Antonio residents produce about 140,000 tons a year of a substance gently referred to as "biosolids," which can be reprocessed into natural gas, said Steve Clouse, chief operating officer of the city's water system. "You may call it something else," Clouse said, but for area utilities, the main byproduct of human waste - methane gas - will soon be...
  • UN Say Eat Less Meat to Curb Global Warming

    09/07/2008 7:40:59 AM PDT · by Federalist Society · 70 replies · 226+ views
    The Observer ^ | 09-07-08 | Juliette Jowit
    People should have one meat-free day a week if they want to make a personal and effective sacrifice that would help tackle climate change, the world's leading authority on global warming has told The Observer Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which last year earned a joint share of the Nobel Peace Prize, said that people should then go on to reduce their meat consumption even further. His comments are the most controversial advice yet provided by the panel on how individuals can help tackle global warning.
  • Why Offshore Drilling Can Bridge Gap to U.S. Energy Future

    08/27/2008 4:29:32 PM PDT · by Delacon · 23 replies · 198+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 2008 issue | James B. Meigs
    The Democratic and Republican conventions have arrived amidst a litany of calls for government-sponsored energy projects on the level of Apollo. Despite progress in fields from solar to wind and batteries to biofuels, Popular Mechanics’ editor-in-chief says Americans should be careful what we wish for—scientists have more to offer than politicians.By James B. MeigsPublished in the October 2008 issue. (Illustration by Josh Cochran) Suddenly, everyone has a plan. Veteran oilman T. Boone Pickens is spending millions promoting his proposal to replace foreign oil with massive wind farms and increased natural-gas production. Sen. Barack Obama proposes spending $150 billion over the...
  • Kangaroo farming would cut greenhouse gases: study

    08/11/2008 10:07:24 PM PDT · by dennisw · 25 replies · 80+ views
    uk.reuters.com ^ | Fri Aug 8, 2008 4:29am BST | Michael Perry
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Farming kangaroos instead of sheep and cattle in Australia could cut by almost a quarter the greenhouse gases produced by grazing livestock, which account for 11 percent of the nation's annual emissions, said a new study. Removing seven million cattle and 36 million sheep by 2020 and replacing them with 175 million kangaroos, to produce the same amount of meat, could lower national greenhouse gases by 3 percent a year, said the University of New South Wales study. Methane from the foregut of cattle and sheep constitutes 11 percent of Australia's total greenhouse emissions, but kangaroos produce...
  • Sheep flatulence inoculation developed

    06/05/2008 8:06:31 AM PDT · by Keli Kilohana · 54 replies · 159+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 6/5/08 | Peter Allen in Paris
    New Zealand scientists claim to have developed a "flatulence inoculation" aimed at cutting down on the massive amount of methane produced by its sheep and cows. Such animals are believed to be responsible for more than half of the country's greenhouse gases, causing huge environmental problems. But Phil Goff, New Zealand's trade minister, told an Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris yesterday that a solution was in sight. "Our agricultural research organisation just last week was able to map the genome ... that causes methane in ruminant animals and we believe we can vaccinate against" flatulent emissions,...
  • Fart tax on cattle

    05/10/2008 9:17:49 PM PDT · by Westlander · 14 replies · 160+ views
    Ananova ^ | 5-9-2008 | Ananova
    Estonian authorities have slapped a flatulence tax on farmers to compensate the country for the methane gas produced by cows. Farmers this week received their first 'fart tax' demands asking them to pay for the greenhouse gases their cattle produce.
  • 'Burpless' Grass Cuts Methane Gas From Cattle, May Help Reduce Global Warming

    05/07/2008 10:34:17 PM PDT · by writer33 · 41 replies · 202+ views
    Science Daily ^ | May 6, 2008 | Staff
    Grass that may help tackle global warming by cutting the level of methane given off by cows is being developed by scientists reports the latest issue of the Society of Chemical Industry’s (SCI) magazine Chemistry & Industry. Scientists at Gramina, a joint biotech venture by Australia’s Molecular Plant Breeding Cooperative Research Centre and New Zealand rural services group PGG Wrightson Genomics, are developing a grass that will not only cut the amount of methane cows burp up when chewing the cud but also grow in hotter climes. This means that farmers should be able to maintain dairy herds’ productivity and...
  • Scientists unlock frozen natural gas

    04/20/2008 5:29:12 PM PDT · by BGHater · 39 replies · 126+ views
    THE CANADIAN PRESS ^ | 16 Apr 2008 | THE CANADIAN PRESS
    Methane hydrate deposits are vast potential energy source; researchers had problems with a consistent flow of thawed gas A remote drilling rig high in the Mackenzie Delta has become the site of a breakthrough that could one day revolutionize the world's energy supply. For the first time, Canadian and Japanese researchers have managed to efficiently produce a constant stream of natural gas from ice-like gas hydrates that, worldwide, dwarf all known fossil fuel deposits combined. "We were able to sustain flow," said Scott Dallimore, the Geological Survey of Canada researcher in charge of the remote Mallik drilling program. "It worked."...
  • Scientists spot organic molecule on distant planet (HST spots methane 63 light-years away)

    03/19/2008 2:38:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 220+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/19/08 | Will Dunham
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An organic molecule has been spotted for the first time in the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system, a key step toward possibly finding signs of life on a distant world, scientists said. Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope found methane in the atmosphere of a planet called HD 189733b, which is about the size of Jupiter and is 63 light-years from Earth, they said in research published on Wednesday in the journal Nature. Organic molecules contain carbon-hydrogen bonds and can be found in living things. Methane, for instance, is found in natural gas and...
  • Famed geneticist creating life form that turns CO2 to fuel

    03/01/2008 4:17:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies · 2,648+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 28, 2008
    MONTEREY, California (AFP) - A scientist who mapped his genome and the genetic diversity of the oceans said Thursday he is creating a life form that feeds on climate-ruining carbon dioxide to produce fuel. Geneticist Craig Venter disclosed his potentially world-changing "fourth-generation fuel" project at an elite Technology, Entertainment and Design conference in Monterey, California. "We have modest goals of replacing the whole petrochemical industry and becoming a major source of energy," Venter told an audience that included global warming fighter Al Gore and Google co-founder Larry Page. "We think we will have fourth-generation fuels in about 18 months, with...
  • Scientists Link Methane Formation by Bacteria in Shale Rock to Increases in Atmospheric Methane

    01/30/2008 6:48:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies · 87+ views
    www.greencarcongress.com ^ | 01/30/2008 | Staff
    During Deglaciation; Production of the Gas Was Relatively Rapid Researchers from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Amherst College have linked the methane production of a subsurface consortium of fermentative and methanogenic bacteria in shale rock to increases in concentrations of atmospheric methane associated with the retreat of the continental ice sheets. The study also concluded that these bacteria produced large amounts of methane in a relatively short time. Steven Petsch, assistant professor Geosciences at U Mass-Amherst, and his colleagues studied natural gas reservoirs in Michigan’s Antrim Shale. Their results are published in the February issue of the journal Geology. Bacteria...
  • China Looks to Coal Bed Methane

    01/06/2008 6:55:22 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 13 replies · 71+ views
    Business Week ^ | January 3, 2008 | By Chi-Chu Tschang
    As the Chinese economy grows at double-digit rates, satisfying the country's energy appetite is a top priority for President Hu Jintao and his government. While China's oil companies and their search for partners in places like Sudan commands most of the attention in the West, coal is of much greater importance to China than oil. The country relies on coal to generate roughly three-quarters of its electricity. Imports only account for 1.8% of China's coal consumption, with the rest coming from Chinese mines that employ 7 million coal miners. So it's no wonder that Beijing wants to take advantage of...
  • Scientists Find Good News About Methane Bubbling Up From the Ocean Floor Near Santa Barbara

    12/20/2007 3:30:07 PM PST · by decimon · 31 replies · 201+ views
    University of California, Santa Barbara ^ | December 20, 2007 | Unknown
    (Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is emitted in great quantities as bubbles from seeps on the ocean floor near Santa Barbara. About half of these bubbles dissolve into the ocean, but the fate of this dissolved methane remains uncertain. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara have discovered that only one percent of this dissolved methane escapes into the air –– good news for the Earth's atmosphere. Coal Oil Point (COP), one of the world's largest and best studied seep regions, is located along the northern margin of the Santa Barbara Channel. Thousands of seep...
  • Professor Sets Ice on Fire [Hmmmmmmmm]

    09/18/2007 11:08:23 AM PDT · by Zuben Elgenubi · 28 replies · 120+ views
    The Daily Titan ^ | Sept 18, 2007 | Rae Nguyen
    Professor Sets Ice on Fire CSUF Seminar discussed alternative forms of energy By: Rae Nguyen Issue date: 9/18/07 Section: News It's not often that you see burning snow on a warm sunny Thursday afternoon in a chemistry class at Cal State Fullerton. Somehow, UC Irvine Professor Kenneth Janda conquered this feat when he demonstrated how compacted methane ice vacuumed from a steel apparatus showed the possibility of alternative energy. His seminar, explained in the wordy title, "Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Halogen Molecules Trapped in Clathrate-Hydrate Cages" is not for the faint of heart. Most who attended were already armed with...
  • Lakes Boiling With Methane Discovered In Alaska

    09/15/2007 4:30:55 PM PDT · by blam · 95 replies · 2,852+ views
    Science Daily ^ | University of Alaska Fairbanks
    Source: University of Alaska Fairbanks Date: September 15, 2007 Lakes Boiling With Methane Discovered In Alaska Science Daily — Last month, UAF researcher Katey Walter brought a National Public Radio crew to Alaska’s North Slope, hoping to show them examples of what happens when methane is released when permafrost thaws beneath lakes. When they reached their destination, Walter and the crew found even more than they bargained for: a lake violently boiling with escaping methane. “It was cold, wet and windy. We were dropped off in the middle of nowhere by a helicopter and paddled out to a huge methane...
  • Trying to Connect the Dinner Plate to Climate Change

    08/28/2007 9:53:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 79 replies · 2,285+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 29, 2007 | CLAUDIA H. DEUTSCH
    EVER since “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore has been the darling of environmentalists, but that movie hardly endeared him to the animal rights folks. According to them, the most inconvenient truth of all is that raising animals for meat contributes more to global warming than all the sport utility vehicles combined. The biggest animal rights groups do not always overlap in their missions, but now they have coalesced around a message that eating meat is worse for the environment than driving. They and smaller groups have started advertising campaigns that try to equate vegetarianism with curbing greenhouse gases. Some backlash...
  • Cows that burp less seen helping in climate fight

    07/09/2007 8:03:08 PM PDT · by CalvaryJohn · 8 replies · 342+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 9, 2007 1:20PM EDT | (Reuters)
    LONDON (Reuters) - Manners aside, getting cows to burp less can help reduce global warming. Using modern plant-breeding methods to find new diets for cows that make them belch less is a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, scientists said on Monday. The key is developing new varieties of food that are easier for cattle to digest and also provide a proper balance of fiber, protein and sugar, said Michael Abberton, a scientist at the UK-based Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research. This could open up plant-based solutions as alternatives to reducing stock as farmers look for ways to cut...
  • 5 Die on Virginia Farm From Deadly Methane Gas in Manure Pit

    07/03/2007 8:36:27 AM PDT · by RDTF · 60 replies · 3,188+ views
    Foxnews.Com ^ | July 3, 2007 | AP
    RICHMOND, Va. — Deadly methane gas emanating from a dairy farm's manure pit killed five people, including four members of a Mennonite family, authorities said. Emergency workers speculate each of the victims climbed into the pit in a frantic attempt to rescue the others. "It was a domino effect with one person going in, the second person going after them," Sheriff Don Farley said. Farley identified the victims as Scott Showalter, 33; his wife, Phyillis, 34; their children, Shayla, 11, and Christina, 9; and Amous Stoltzfus, 24, who worked at the Showalter's dairy farm in the Briery Branch community. The...
  • How Farm Odors Contribute to Global Warming: New Research Happening in NYS

    06/28/2007 6:29:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 555+ views
    WETM-TV.com ^ | 6/28/07 | Ana Liss
    Corning, N.Y. -- You can definitely smell it, but you can't see it. The United States Department of Agriculture has released reports stating that when you smell cow manure, you're also smelling greenhouse gas emissions. That will be the focus of new research that might happen right here in the Southern Tier. Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Mark Rey, was in Corning Wednesday morning at the Big Flats Plant Materials Center to annouce the award of nearly $20 million in Conservation Innovation Grants to fund 51 research projects across the country designed to refine new technologies helping...
  • Japan:Explosion at Tokyo Spa Kills 3(large reserve of natural gas beneath Tokyo)

    06/20/2007 8:10:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 523+ views
    AP ^ | 06/19/07 | Chisaki Watanabe
    Explosion at Tokyo Spa Kills 3 Tuesday June 19, 11:54 am ET By Chisaki Watanabe, Associated Press Writer Apparent Gas Explosion at Tokyo Women's Spa Kills 3, Injures 3 Others TOKYO (AP) -- An explosion at a women's spa Tuesday killed three people and injured at least three others, officials said. Methane gas appeared to have seeped from the ground beneath the popular "Shiespa" hot spring and ignited, according to police. Authorities earlier said a boiler at the spa had exploded. "I heard a sudden huge boom. When I jumped outside, I saw a plume of smoke," said Miki Yamagishi,...
  • Methane from rice paddies adds to the problem in global warming

    05/02/2007 11:26:30 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 29 replies · 835+ views
    AP ^ | 05/02/07
    As delegates to a climate conference here debate how to reduce greenhouse gases, one of the problems — and a possible solution — lies in the rice fields that cover much of Thailand, the rest of Asia and beyond. Methane emissions from flooded rice paddies contribute to warming just as coal-fired power plants, automobile exhausts and other sources do with the carbon dioxide they release into the atmosphere. In fact, the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meeting this week in Bangkok concludes that rice production was a main cause of rising methane emissions in the 20th century....
  • The heat is on for greenhouse gas methane

    04/30/2007 8:29:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 806+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/30/07 | David Fogarty
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Across the globe, chickens and pigs are doing their bit to curb global warming. But cows and sheep still have some catching up to do. The farm animals produce lots of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that gets far less public attention than carbon dioxide yet is at the heart of efforts to fight climate change. Government policies and a U.N.-backed system of emission credits is proving a money-spinner for investors, farmers and big polluters such as power stations wanting to offset their own emissions of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2). The reason is simple: methane...
  • Humans' beef with livestock: a warmer planet(another crisis for algore)

    02/20/2007 7:26:32 AM PST · by Neville72 · 25 replies · 681+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 2.20,2007 | Brad Knickerbocker
    As Congress begins to tackle the causes and cures of global warming, the action focuses on gas-guzzling vehicles and coal-fired power plants, not on lowly bovines. Yet livestock are a major emitter of greenhouse gases that cause climate change. And as meat becomes a growing mainstay of human diet around the world, changing what we eat may prove as hard as changing what we drive. It's not just the well-known and frequently joked-about flatulence and manure of grass-chewing cattle that's the problem, according to a recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Land-use changes,...
  • Cattle may produce new profit

    01/29/2007 3:42:56 PM PST · by thackney · 45 replies · 588+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 27, 2007 | NATE JENKINS
    Ethanol plant fueled by methane is nearly ready MEAD, NEB. — Ranchers have long been fond of saying cattle manure smells like money. Now, folks in the business of making ethanol are smelling dollars too — in the methane gas emitted by manure at large cattle feedlots and dairies. Across the country, ethanol plants powered by methane instead of costly natural gas or coal are on the drawing board — a movement that could be a win-win situation for the environment and the industry. "We'll produce ethanol much more efficiently and do it in an environmentally friendly way," said Dennis...