Ruminants like these goats in Kenya are responsible for the largest share of methane emissions from agriculture. <br/>Photo: © Klaus Butterbach-Bahl/KIT
Ruminants like these goats in Kenya are responsible for the largest share of methane emissions from agriculture.
Photo: © Klaus Butterbach-Bahl/KIT

08.04.2016

<< First < Previous Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Next > Last >>
Livestock production offers a significant opportunity to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining the economic and social benefits of the sector, according to a new international study.

The global livestock sector supports about 1.3 billion producers and retailers around the world, and is a significant global economic contributor. A new review, published in Nature Climate Change, estimates that livestock could account for up to half of the mitigation potential of the global agricultural, forestry, and land-use sectors, which are the second largest source of emissions globally, after the energy sector.

The researchers estimate that agriculture, forestry, and other land use is responsible for approximately one quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. According to the new study, livestock production is responsible for 5.6 to 7.5 gigatons of CO2 equivalent per year, or approximately 14 per cent of total anthropogenic emissions.

The international research team says that this new account of the mitigation potential for the global livestock sector is the most comprehensive analysis to date, as it considers both the supply and demand sides of the industry. It shows that for the livestock mitigation to be most effective it needs to be part of a comprehensive effort across the agricultural, forestry, and land use sectors.

<< First < Previous Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Next > Last >>