NOAA finds cows, rice farms driving methane rise, not fossil fuels

NOAA finds cows, rice farms driving methane rise, not fossil fuels

Valerie Richardson

Washington Times

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The Environmental Protection Agency may have overlooked the real culprits in its recent crackdown on methane emissions from fossil fuels: rice farmers and cows. A newly released study led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration attributed the increase in global atmospheric methane since 2007 to microbial sources, including rice paddies, livestock, decaying vegetation in wetlands, even termites, not fossil fuels.

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