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OPINION: With methane, no time like the present

Monday 13 May 19 10:00am

 

Methane reduction targets are emerging as the most  contentious part of the Government’s zero-carbon amendments to the Climate Change Response Act. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says organic farmer and former  co-leader of the Green Party  JEANETTE FITZSIMONS, who believes farmers can cut methane now while increasing farm profits.



  

THE ZERO CARBON BILL makes a substantial concession to farmers by treating agricultural (not fossil) methane differently from the longer-lived gases.

Some environmentalists have focused their outrage on this, but there is some scientific basis for it.

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