A Sprinkle of Seaweed Could Deflate Gassy Cows
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A Sprinkle of Seaweed Could Deflate Gassy CowsA Sprinkle of Seaweed Could Deflate Gassy Cows

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Published: November 29, 2016  |  5 min read, 910 words
Our passion for cheeseburgers isn’t doing the planet any good. All those Holsteins and Jerseys and relations—the ultimate sources of burgers, T-bone steaks, milkshakes, and ice cream—are wreaking havoc with Earth’s climate. But it looks like there’s a cure in sight, and it just m...
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July 29, 2017
Reminds me of something I'd read from Project Censored. It was written back in November and I'm just seeing it on the review club, which begs the question: why aren't news outlets covering this groundbreaking discovery? America and it's negativity bias and Trump disposition... sigh...
July 29, 2017
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July 29, 2017
This article is centered around a recent scientific publication that uses artificial cow stomachs to measure methane output. It's pretty awesome, and definitely has some cool environmental implications. The article also gives therough background on the topic and discusses the major caviot to this new technology, not enough seaweed in the world. The article may be overstating how useful these findings may be, but I guess we won't know the effectiveness until it is tried in a real cow.
July 29, 2017
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July 28, 2017
Interesting piece that doesn't have any particular agenda yet makes one ponder the impact of their actions. References are reputable and published articles although not all claims are referenced. For example, she made several comparisons to gasoline for which I could find no reference in the articles she cited. But this isn't meant to be a scientific journal article. It is science for the lay person. I'm not giving in a clickbait point since I don't think that compelling, clever titles should automatically be labelled clickbait since it is a pejorative term.
July 28, 2017
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July 29, 2017
Well written article, on a topic that is constantly ridiculed. I liked the reference about going vegetarian or vegan, meat eating has a toll on earth, including the clearing of amazon forest at an alarming rate. We are what we eat and our choices can make a difference. The article talks about cows farting without joking, on a matter of fact base, which makes it trustworthy.
July 29, 2017
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July 28, 2017
This is a great example of how far we still have to go. This solution is damn near miraculous as some trial runs showed cattle farms with 99% reduction in emissions, but since even knowing about this problem is only a recent discovery, there is nowhere near enough of this stuff being made/farmed. Of course the problem is money. Public outcry leads to government incentives leads to private investment. We're not even really at public outcry on this issue. More people need to know that our beer consumption produces more greenhouses gases than the auto and airline industries combined, or this problem is only going to get worse.
July 28, 2017
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August 5, 2017
Interesting discovery that is presented in a thoughtful yet easy to read manner. Cited a published peer-reviewed article. Newsworthy due to it discussing a large issue involved in climate change, but not newsworthy due to it's lack of effectiveness in curbing methane emissions.
August 5, 2017
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July 28, 2017
The headline screams clickbait, but the article provides a good background on the impact of livestock on climate change, as well as current legislative trends on the issue. Simple, factual, void of hyperbole.
July 28, 2017
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July 28, 2017
This was a great article, not just because it looks hopeful for meat eaters and combating methane output, but author Rebecca Rupp does a fantastic job of explaining the science behind the findings. She also does well to clarify that producing seaweed at scale for global livestock is still far from attainable. So she doesn't fall into the trap of being too optimistic about this finding, and she also doesn't make the many obvious burp and fart jokes that many journalists might try to sneak into the piece.
July 28, 2017
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July 28, 2017
Although the headline is definitely clickbait, the actual article is reasonable in it's conclusions. It's an interesting idea, and the author does a good job explaining the science and not jumping to conclusions about the potential applications.
July 28, 2017
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July 29, 2017
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July 29, 2017
A informative article that highlights a little-known problem that has major contributions to a current crisis. The research is explained in an way that is neither dry nor reductive. An example of what all science articles should be written like.
July 29, 2017
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July 29, 2017
An interesting article which contemplates a unique new way to reduce our specie's carbon footprint. The author provide sufficient evidence to support her findings.
July 29, 2017
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July 29, 2017
Happy to hear that researchers are continuing to discover ways to live more sustainably! However I agree with Jacob that the public needs to put more pressure on government and industry to implement these discoveries. The article was a pleasant read and provided links that verified the author's statistics and statements.
July 29, 2017
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July 28, 2017
Interesting article by Rebecca Rupp with plenty of links and potentially drastic saving in CO2 emissions. Clickbait headline but it's almost funny.
July 28, 2017
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July 28, 2017
Great article, albeit old news. Well written, with an eye for scientific detail.
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July 29, 2017
Scientific article that provides throughout his whole length references to anything that would need further explanation. At the same time very well written for people outside the scientific community.
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July 28, 2017
Nice not to read about Trump for a change!
July 28, 2017
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