Navigation Links
Methane leaks from palm oil wastewater are a climate concern, CU-Boulder study says
Date:2/27/2014

In recent years, palm oil production has come under fire from environmentalists concerned about the deforestation of land in the tropics to make way for new palm plantations. Now there is a new reason to be concerned about palm oil's environmental impact, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder.

An analysis published Feb. 26 in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that the wastewater produced during the processing of palm oil is a significant source of heat-trapping methane in the atmosphere. But the researchers also present a possible solution: capturing the methane and using it as a renewable energy source.

The methane bubbling up from a single palm oil wastewater lagoon during a year is roughly equivalent to the emissions from 22,000 passenger vehicles in the United States, the analysis found. This year, global methane emissions from palm oil wastewater are expected to equal 30 percent of all fossil fuel emissions from Indonesia, where widespread deforestation for palm oil production has endangered orangutans.

"This is a largely overlooked dimension of palm oil's environmental problems," said lead author Philip Taylor, a postdoctoral researcher at CU-Boulder's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). "The industry has become a poster child for agriculture's downsides, but capturing wastewater methane leaks for energy would be a step in the right direction."

The global demand for palm oil has spiked in recent years as processed food manufacturers have sought an alternative to trans fats.

For now, the carbon footprint of cutting down forests to make way for palm plantations dwarfs the greenhouse gases coming from the wastewater lagoons. But while deforestation is expected to slow as the focus shifts to more intensive agriculture on existing plantations, the emissions from wastewater lagoons will continue unabated as long as palm oil is produced, the researchers said.


'/>"/>
Contact: Philip Taylor
philipgrahamtaylor@gmail.com
303-905-7612
University of Colorado at Boulder
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Substance in photosynthesis was at work in ancient, methane-producing microbes
2. Berkeley Lab-led project aims to produce liquid transportation fuel from methane
3. Tailored methane measurement services are to be developed for shale gas extraction, municipal waste
4. Microbiologists reveal unexpected properties of methane-producing microbe
5. U.Va. researcher: Methane out, carbon dioxide in?
6. Study finds novel worm community affecting methane release in ocean
7. Tom Bowmans Climate Report delves into Arctic methane controversy
8. Methane emissions from natural gas local distribution focus of new study
9. NREL to help convert methane to liquid diesel
10. Scientists unravel the mystery of marine methane oxidation
11. Strange diet for methane consuming microorganisms
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/20/2015)... --Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/rswjb4/hand_geometry ) has announced ... Business Report" report to their offering. This ... Thousands. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, ... Europe , Asia-Pacific , ... Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the ...
(Date:3/19/2015)... March 19, 2015  NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ... on the growing mobile commerce market, announces its biometric payment ... clip that aired this week on Washington DC,s ... In a segment "The Next Great Thing", host ... way to pay, and ,a really big breakthrough in mobile ...
(Date:3/17/2015)... March 17, 2015 Emotient, the leader ... today announced general availability of Emotient Analytics ... the analysis of facial expressions. The system analyzes ... content, products and services. It delivers audience response ... sentiment - as derived from facial evidence of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Hand Geometry - Global Strategic Business Report 2015: An Essential Security Component for both Government & Enterprise Sector 2Hand Geometry - Global Strategic Business Report 2015: An Essential Security Component for both Government & Enterprise Sector 3Hand Geometry - Global Strategic Business Report 2015: An Essential Security Component for both Government & Enterprise Sector 4NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet Featured on Fox News Segment, "The Next Great Thing" 2NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet Featured on Fox News Segment, "The Next Great Thing" 3New Emotient Web Service Measures Audience Response Using On-Demand Facial Expression Analysis 2New Emotient Web Service Measures Audience Response Using On-Demand Facial Expression Analysis 3New Emotient Web Service Measures Audience Response Using On-Demand Facial Expression Analysis 4
... Fluctuations in penguin populations in the Antarctic are linked more ... to changes in their habitats, according to a new study ... Academy of Sciences . Funded in part by the Lenfest ... "winners" of changing conditions, such as large-scale ice melting, may ...
... NEW YORK (April 11, 2011) -- Weill Cornell Medical ... Surgeons have announced that The Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. ... awarded to The Rockefeller University,s Dr. Fernando Nottebohm for ... the discovery of neuronal replacement. Dr. Nottebohm is ...
... FINDINGS: Certain differentiated cells in breast tissue can spontaneously ... researchers. Until now, scientific dogma has stated that differentiation ... return to the flexible stem-cell state on their own. ... well as for breast cancer cells. RELEVANCE: ...
Cached Biology News:Penguins that shun ice still lose big from a warming climate 2Sackler Prize awarded to pioneering neuroscientist 2Sackler Prize awarded to pioneering neuroscientist 3Scientists identify a surprising new source of cancer stem cells 2Scientists identify a surprising new source of cancer stem cells 3
(Date:4/23/2015)... Calif. , April 23, 2015  Veracyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... into a definitive agreement to sell approximately $40 million ... the agreement, the investors will purchase an aggregate of ... of $8.15 per share, the closing stock price on ... new and existing investors, including Broadfin Capital, Camber Capital, ...
(Date:4/23/2015)... , April 23, 2015  Metanome, Inc., an ... the company has changed its name to Diversigen, ... positioning as the single commercial source for the ... capitalize on the diverse opportunities of the microbiome. ... Diversigen accepts – including those that are difficult ...
(Date:4/23/2015)... SAN FRANCISCO, CA (PRWEB) April 23, 2015 ... drug delivery, today announced that the United States Patent ... on the Company’s NANOPOR™ technology. US ... and covers Delpor’s microfabricated drug delivery device ... uses Delpor’s proprietary NANOPOR™ technology for the sustained (zero-order) ...
(Date:4/22/2015)... 22, 2015   MPIRICA Health Inc. , ... in Series A financing from the McQuinn Trust, ... accelerate consumer and employer awareness of MPIRICA.com, delivering ... over 4,800 U.S. hospitals. "As a ... very concerned about choosing the hospital and surgeon ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Veracyte, Inc. Announces $40 Million Private Placement 2Veracyte, Inc. Announces $40 Million Private Placement 3Veracyte, Inc. Announces $40 Million Private Placement 4Metanome Announces Corporate Name Change to Diversigen 2Delpor, Inc. Announces the Issuance of 2 New US Patents Based on its Nanopore Technology which Enables the Sustained Release of Drugs from a Small Implant Device 2Delpor, Inc. Announces the Issuance of 2 New US Patents Based on its Nanopore Technology which Enables the Sustained Release of Drugs from a Small Implant Device 3MPIRICA Health Inc. Secures $1.6M to Promote FICO-Like Quality Scores for Surgeries 2
... 28 Boston,Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX ) ... that Boston Scientific has completed its acquisition of ... April 16.,Under the terms of the transaction, all ... per share in cash, for a total of,approximately ...
... N.J., May 28 National Stem Cell,Holding, Inc. (OTC: ... steps to,change its name to Proteonomix, Inc. The change ... Michael Cohen, President/CEO, stated: "Our new name reflects the ... development stage and,commencing the commercialization of our technologies. These ...
... Provides Additional Global Corporate Finance, Management and ... Manufacturing ... (TSX: NVN) announced today the appointment of Gordon H.,Busenbark to ... chief financial officer of Xytis Pharmaceuticals, a privately,held development-stage specialty ...
Cached Biology Technology:Boston Scientific Completes Acquisition of CryoCor 2Boston Scientific Completes Acquisition of CryoCor 3National Stem Cell Holding, Inc. Announces the Change of Its Name to Proteonomix, Inc. 2National Stem Cell Holding, Inc. Announces the Change of Its Name to Proteonomix, Inc. 3Nventa Appoints Gordon H. Busenbark to Board of Directors 2
... a fluorescence scanner with 1 or 2 ... Protein, CGH, ) spotted on standard slides ... InnoScan700 scanners include three different models:, ... simultaneous dual fluorescence scanner (635nm and 532nm). ...
... The Transcend Non-Radioactive Translation Detection ... synthesized in vitro. Using these systems, ... nascent proteins during translation, eliminating the ... other radioactive amino acids. This biotinylated ...
... value of your microarray data using ... support you need from consultation to ... up to date methods. Utilize our ... Expression Profiling Service or from your ...
... your microarray data using Asuragens bioinformatics ... need from consultation to extensive data ... date methods. Utilize our expertise in ... Service or from your own microarray ...
Biology Products: