Estimating methane from livestock (LOE)Posted: August 2, 2011
Close to the end of my internship with Living on Earth, I worked on a short story which I got to narrate myself. Not only was I excited about my voice being carried on a Public Radio International show, I also got to say “poop” on the radio. I doubt that will ever happen again.
The story describes a study by researchers from the University of Bristol and the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre in Ireland. According to the study, quantities of a compound, archaeol, in cow dung, is directly proportionate to the amount of methane released by the animal. If such is the case, then climate scientists will no longer have to rely on rough estimates for methane from livestock.