New NZAGRC research shows significant impact from livestock on actual warming
The direct contribution of livestock to global warming is significantly greater than estimates based on CO2-equivalent emissions would suggest, according to newly published research by two leading New Zealand climate change scientists.
The deputy director and director of the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre(NZAGRC), Drs Andy Reisinger and Harry Clark, have this week published a paper in the prestigious scientific journal Global Change Biology. Their study, ‘How much do direct livestock emissions actually contribute to global warming?’, shows that livestock were directly responsible for about 23 percent of the total warming in 2010.
Dr Reisinger says that figure is significantly greater than what one would expect based on common estimates of how much livestock contribute to global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in 2010, and demonstrates methane plays a critical role in global warming.
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