AGRO Ellen Arthur, Kenneth Racke, Cathleen Hapeman  Monday, March 22, 2010 

83 - Clearing the air: Livestock's contribution to climate change

Frank M Mitloehner1, fmmitloehner@ucdavis.edu, Maurice Pitesky3, Kim Stackhouse2. (1) Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, Davis, California 95616, United States, (2) Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, Davis, California 95616, United States, (3) School of Veterinay Medicine, University of California, Davis, Davis, California 95616, United States

A United Nations report titled Livestock's Long Shadow (LLS) stated that 18% of anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHGs) are emitted from the world's livestock. According to LLS, livestock cause more anthropogenic GHG than all global transportation. Recent estimates by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, 2009) on the impacts of livestock on climate change have arrived at much different GHG estimates. EPA estimates that less than 3% of total anthropogenic GHG are associated with direct and indirect livestock emissions. Part of the difference of the global versus national predictions is due to the weight assigned to ''land-use change'' patterns related to livestock production (mainly deforestation). Furthermore, LLS attempts a life cycle assessment for global livestock production but not for transportation predictions. Our work has examined the relative contributions of livestock to climate change at different geographical and production scales.


Monday, March 22, 2010 09:00 AM
Understanding Greenhouse Gases from Agriculture (09:00 AM - 11:55 AM)
Location: The Moscone Center
Room: Room 3007 West Bldg.

 

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