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Global Warming: Killer Rice

by | 3rd, May 2007

GLOBAL warming: forget cars, cattle and heavy industry – it’s the killer rice that really does the damge.

From the Boston Globe:

BANGKOK, Thailand As delegates to a climate conference here debate how to reduce greenhouse gases, one of the problems — and a possible solution — lies in the rice fields that cover much of Thailand, the rest of Asia and beyond.

Methane emissions from flooded rice paddies contribute to global warming just as coal-fired power plants, automobile exhausts and other sources do with the carbon dioxide they spew into the atmosphere.

In fact, the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meeting this week in Bangkok concludes that rice production was a main cause of rising methane emissions in the 20th century. It calls for better controls.

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