Greenhouse Gas Regulation

All milk jugs are not created equal

A new study recently published by researchers from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo contains some surprising environmental news for the dairy industry: The plastic container that milk comes in makes a difference in the carbon footprint of milk. FULL STORY »

Natural plant extracts can reduce dairy farm odors and feed cost

With citizens' groups seeking government regulation of foul-smelling ammonia emissions from large dairy farms, scientists report that adding natural plant extracts to cow feed can reduce levels of the gas by one-third while reducing the need to fortify cow feed with expensive protein supplements. FULL STORY »

Report tracks greenhouse gas emissions from dairy

Federal researchers have finished a yearlong study tracking the amount of greenhouse gases like ammonia and methane emitted from a corporate dairy operation in Idaho. FULL STORY »

How dairy farms contribute to greenhouse gas emissions

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have produced the first detailed data on how large-scale dairy facilities contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases. FULL STORY »

Wisconsin temporarily suspends livestock air emission rules

Wisconsin dairy farmers will be interested to note that the state legislature has temporarily suspended the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources rules which would impose air emissions limitations and air permitting requirements on the state’s livestock farms, according to Jordan Lamb, partner with DeWitt Ross & Stevens law firm. The action affects several rules that have to do with dairy and other livestock operations in the state. FULL STORY »

Republicans try to block greenhouse-gas rules in 2012 spending bill

House Republicans are once again trying to prevent the Obama administration from regulating greenhouse-gas emissions, releasing a 2012 spending bill Wednesday that suspends carbon dioxide standards and pushes several other energy-related policy goals that Republicans have been pursuing. FULL STORY »

EPA chief ready to fight for stricter regulations

Lisa P. Jackson, administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is attempting to overcome pressure from Congress, industries, environmentalists and the Supreme Court to establish tougher air- and water-quality regulations in the coming weeks and months. FULL STORY »

Wild ruminants burp methane, too

In North America, there are many native ruminants, i.e. herbivore animals with a complex digestive system, a major compartment of which is the rumen. FULL STORY »

Groups want ammonia emissions to be regulated under the Clean Air Act

On April 6, a group of organizations led by the Environmental Integrity Project, petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate ammonia as a criteria pollutant under the Clean Air Act, Sections 108 and 109. Whether EPA chooses to fold ammonia emissions into the Clean Air Act may depend upon the National Air Emission Monitoring Study data-processing that is underway at the agency. FULL STORY »

Running on empty: pondering ‘Life Without Oil’

It’s time we faced some inevitable facts about oil. We’re running out of it, for one. Oh, we won’t run out of oil tomorrow, or next year. In fact, oil may remain our primary energy source for the remainder of your lifetime. Still, the supply is finite. FULL STORY »

Can state-level climate policies survive constitutional scrutiny?

Over the past five years, California has filled the void in federal leadership though implementation of comprehensive climate change legislation. FULL STORY »

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