The Problem With Bovine Burps

Reducing environmental externalities from greenhouse gas emissions involves the methane that cows and other ruminants burp.

The Big Impact of a Little Salamander

The woodland salamander made me think of Adam Smith. In North American forests, wherever it is dark and damp, under a rock or a log, a very hungry salamander could be devouring her daily diet. Eating 20 ants, 2 flies…

Global Warming: A Growing Greenhouse Gas Problem

As most of us know, cow burps add to global warming. The problem is that the demand for cows and other livestock is soaring in developing nations. Producing nitrous oxide (N2O), methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, livestock production and distribution have a…

Should We Buy Local?

I just finished an omelette with eggs and spinach from a nearby farm. It tasted good, I supported local business and I helped the environment. You could say that I had my cake (but it was spinach) and ate it…

A Happy Story From Greece

Greece is helping to solve the unemployment problem in upstate New York. When you see a small white container of Fage Greek yogurt (pronounced fa-yeh), instead try to picture a 220,000 square foot U.S. production facility, close to 200 jobs and lots of busy cows…

Animal Emissions

As most of us know, cow burps add to global warming. According to the NY Times, animal methane emissions account for 10% of Australia’s contribution to greenhouse gasses. The solution? The kangaroo. Like cows, kangaroos are “foregut fermenters”. However, because…

Environmental Emissions

A letter in “The Mail” section of a recent New Yorker tells us about a funny error on the cover of the May 17, 2010 issue. Mainly portraying emissions from vehicles, factories, and cows, the cover focuses on our environmental…