CCAFS / Climate Change / North America / Research

Climate scientists take their arguments to their skeptics

Climate scientists gather at a meeting of the Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in Nairobi, Kenya in May 2010 (photo credit CCAFS). The Los Angeles Times reported on 8 November 2010 that climate scientists in the US are joining forces and taking their arguments to groups of global warming skeptics. … Continue reading

Animal Products / Climate Change / Livestock

Meat, dairy diet not tied to global warming

Forget all that indecorous talk of animal flatulence, cow burps, vegetarianism and global warming. Welcome to Cowgate. Lower consumption of meat and dairy products will not have a major impact in combating global warming — despite persistent claims that link such diets to more greenhouse gases. So says a report presented Monday before the American … Continue reading

Agriculture / Brazil / Climate Change / Latin America / Livestock

Climate change – Brazil: The threat posed by livestock

The livestock industry has less economic clout than the oil industry, but ranchers say it has better arguments to defend itself from accusations regarding its share of responsibility for global warming. The livestock industry represents 40 percent of agricultural production worldwide and provides a livelihood and food security to one billion people. The fact that … Continue reading

Africa / Climate Change / Environment

It’s raining, it’s pouring

“It’s so hot!” “Why can’t it stop raining?” “The lightning was terrible” I’m not sure about you but I keep finding myself complaining about the weather. Global warming, Copenhagen, recycling, climate change – it’s like we just keep hearing it over and over again. Remember last year when we turned off the lights for one … Continue reading

Africa / Cattle / Climate Change / East Africa / Kenya / Livestock

Activists have a beef with livestock-keeping and meat intake culture

It is not the best time for livestock breeders to be in Copenhagen, especially those whose livelihoods and culture are intertwined with the precious creatures that provide meat in diet. Negotiators and activists here say the world has to cut its meat consumption and activities around raising chicken, pigs, and cattle, saying they are major … Continue reading

East Africa / Livestock Systems

Livestock methane needs research: expert

Developing countries would suffer if livestock numbers were reduced to cut worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, a visiting expert says. Iain Wright from the International Livestock Research Institute is in Australia this week to look at ways emissions from livestock can be curbed while not adversely affecting global food supplies. He advocates improved livestock feeding systems … Continue reading