How Dairy Milk Has Improved its Environmental and Climate Impact

Mitloehner lab Ph.D. student Conor McCabe, M.S. explains that with innovation and technology like improved breeding genetics, nutrition research, and better veterinary care a glass of milk today has a much lower environmental footprint than even a few decades ago.

How Carbon Neutral is Different than Climate Neutral

The terms “carbon neutral” and “climate neutral” are part of the lexicon of global climate change terms. Though they are sometimes used interchangeably, they have different definitions. Understanding the nuances is important.

Using Global Emission Statistics is Distracting Us From Climate Change Solutions

It’s often helpful to look at the big picture when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, as it makes it easier to identify areas we need to focus on, but context is still necessary. Greenhouse gas emissions – as well as production – vary by each country and stating emission numbers without specifying a geographic region can drastically impact our approach to climate change solutions.

What is Carbon Leakage? 

Countries around the world have varying greenhouse gas emissions policies to help limit climate change, with some stricter than others. Carbon leakage refers to a situation where a company decides to move their production from a country with stringent policies, to a country that is more lenient, leading to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.  

What is a Dairy Digester and How Does it Affect Methane Emissions?

Dairies typically use lagoons to help manage manure from cattle. These lagoons produce methane, a greenhouse gas that affects our climate. In recent years, California dairies have been working with state agencies to implement new ways to manage manure and reduce the amount of methane being released into the atmosphere. One way is by using dairy digesters. 

Greenhouse gas emissions: What is the difference between stock and flow gases?

While all greenhouse gases (GHG) have a warming effect on our planet, this warming effect is not equivalent across all GHG. These gases behave differently in the atmosphere and their long-term effects on climate change vary. The major factor contributing to a GHG warming effect is whether it is a stock or flow gas.  

How California is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

California is taking bold steps in the fight against climate change implementing laws and policies, such as the Cap-and-Trade program, designed to drastically cut down on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In the last decade, the Golden State has introduced several new bills, including Assembly Bill 32, Senate Bill 32 and SB 1383, and has been successfully working towards meeting the greenhouse gas mitigation goals outlined in these bills.  

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The Biogenic Carbon Cycle and Cattle

Mitloehner lab Ph.D. student Samantha Werth, M.S. explains that cattle are often thought to contribute to climate change because they belch methane (CH4), a greenhouse gas. While this is true, cattle do belch methane, it is actually part of an important natural cycle, known as the biogenic carbon cycle.