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#Methane

# methane - Wednesday 17 December, 2014

Nasa isn't ruling out 'methane burps' as evidence of life on Mars

However, it could also mean that life once existed. It could also disappointingly be from another source.

# methane - Friday 24 October, 2014

Ireland (and our cows) seem happy with a new agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions

EU leaders have agreed to cut emissions by 40 per cent on 1990 levels at a summit in Brussels overnight.

# methane - Sunday 29 July, 2012

Column: Make no mistake - it is time to make beef-eating taboo

Being a regular steak consumer should be considered more environmentally egregious than being an SUV driver, writes Frank Armstrong.

# methane - Friday 11 May, 2012

EPA fracking study reveals potential impact on groundwater and earthquakes

The study, commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency, states that groundwater contamination is the most serious local environmental concern.

# methane - Thursday 12 August, 2010

A BORD GAIS REPORT says that a significant amount of Ireland’s demand for natural gas could be fulfilled by using unusual fuels like grass, animal manure, and municipal waste.

The report, commissioned by the energy provider and carried out by a team from University College Cork and by Ernst & Young, believes the ‘green tech’ sector in Ireland could be boosted by using alternative fuels to create biomethane.

The ‘grass to gas’ process, as they have named it, could provide 7.5% of Ireland’s natural gas requirements – providing enough fuel to heat 300,000 homes every year.

Bord Gais is so enthusiastic with the study’s findings that it believes refining such a process could make a significant dent in solving Ireland’s renewable energy problems, as well as helping to manage the country’s waste.

The technology has already been used to great effect in Germany and Denmark where farmer-run co-operatives pay for the building and operation of gas facilities.

Bord Gais says that while translating the technology to Ireland would not be straightforward, any hitches could be overcome reasonably quickly.

The notion of using agricultural droppings for the production of methane is not necessarily a new one; agriculture is responsible for about 14% of the world’s greenhouse gases, the majority of which is produced by flatulent cows.

Yesterday, the BBC reported on how shops in Britain throw away about 1.6m tonnes of food every year – proving that there is a significant body of organic waste that could be used for biomethane production.