Methane Emissions From Livestock (Final Draft)

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I decided to fact check a recent news article named: Methane Emissions From Livestock Are Contributing to Global Warming Much More Than Scientists Thought from the website weather.com. I thought the headline was relevant to me because I am a huge animal person. I love animals . I found this article when I went into Google News tab and searched “recent study”.The News article was not the first result when I researched the topic. Google’s database knows my passion for animals and animal related topic so it’s not accident that I stumbled across this article, which I found to be very interesting. On my computer I mostly search about animals and anything animal related. This is a big topic on which I talk about. It must have known that I’d find this article to be very interesting.

This article is also relevant to my intro to writing course where we were given the option to create a twitter account as a mini blog . My content is composed of my farm animals, primarily my dogs, cats, chickens and rabbits.

My twitter is also about nature. I try to post daily on there to keep it up to date with my animal life at home. You may check it out .

After I clicked on the link it lead me immediately to the weather.com site and showed the post.The first thing that pops up is the title and a picture. Once saw the picture I looked underneath at the caption to see what they had to say about the picture. It read:

In the Sept. 22, 2017, photo above, a farmer works to move a herd to another field in Glen Flora, Texas. A recent study suggests methane emission estimates from livestock are larger than researchers previously thought.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

This is good because they cited where the picture came from. The next thing under that are three main bullet points in which the article shares.

A recent study suggests emissions of methane from livestock are much larger than previously estimated.
In 2011, estimates were 11 percent higher than previous data suggested.
Researchers believe the variation in numbers is due to outdated information used to develop the factors used to tally up the emissions.
A definition of methane is A colorless, odorless, flammable gas that is the simplest hydrocarbon. It is the major constituent of natural gas and is released during the decomposition of plant or other organic compounds, as in marshes and coal mines.

I got that definition and pie chart from just a simple google search. The picture of the cow is also just a google search of “methane emissions from livestock.”

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As I looked further into the post, I found that weather.com was citing throughout their post the original post about the methane emission. I clicked on the link they had provided in order to go upstream. That link had brought me to an online journaling site https://cbmjournal.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s13021-017-0084-y . This is the original information about the methane emissions coming from livestock. This post was just published on September 29, 2017. Literally the other day. The title of the post was Revised methane emissions factors and spatially distributed annual carbon fluxes for global livestock .This research was conducted with support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) program under Project #NNH13AW58I.

This original post states that livestock methane emissions, while not the dominant overall source of global methane emissions, may be a major contributor to the observed annual emissions increases over the 2000s to 2010s.

I researched “the rise in herding of cows over the years which results in the production of methane gas”. I came a website called timeforchange.org . this website talks about cows being the blame for global warming. What is global warming you ask? Global warming is also referred to as climate change. It is the observed century-scale rise in the average temperature of the earths climate system and its related effects. Global warming occurs when carbon dioxide (CO2) and other air pollutants and greenhouse gases collect in the atmosphere and absorb sunlight and solar radiation that have bounced off the earth’s surface. Methane is a greenhouse gas. This is all tied together in one way or another. Just like everything we do is tied into pollution and global warming.

 

In the article on timeforchange.org , it states that a cow releases between seventy and one hundred, twenty kilograms of methane per year. A quote from the article states that “According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) agriculture is responsible for 18% of the total release of greenhouse gases world-wide.” If you think about it, eighteen percent doesn’t seem to be too much. But when in reality it is enough. If you are not into science, you may not understand this stuff. I, myself do not understand what all this means. All I know is that its bad.

The final thought on this article was to “eat less meat and dairy products.” “This is one of the most effective ways to reduce our personal carbon footprint and to generally reduce our personal negative impact on the environment.” We each have a carbon footprint. For those of you who don’t know, a carbon footprint is “the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, etc.” according to google. The very last thing placed in the article was a quote from Albert Einstein. He quotes “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”  This is great news. I am a vegetarian, that means that I have a lower chance and a lower risk of getting a heart attack, certain disease, and cancers. Being a vegetarian is a very good thing to do.

 

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