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  Cattle contribute to greenhouse gas production in soil

As harmless as cattle may seem, they are regarded as a threat to the climate. Through their digestion they produce the green house gas methane, which they expel continuously. Scientists from the Institute of Soil Ecology of the GSF – National Research Centre for Environment and Health in Neuherberg, Germany and Czech colleagues at the Budwies Academy of Sciences have shown that cattle can boost the production of methane gas in soil, particularly during the winter. A German and Czech team claims that when cattle are kept on winter pasture, rather than being confined exclusively to the cowshed, the production of methane in soil increases.

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Published: 25 October 2007

  Biodiversity sustainability is high on EU agenda

NET-BIOME is the EU's latest major research initiative targeting the sustainability of biodiversity in the tropical and subtropical regions of the EU. An 11-strong group – comprised of research organisations and regional authorities from the said regions – have joined forces to effectively meet the objective of this ERA-NET Action, by: developing common policies; identifying strategic research priorities; enhancing the collection and exchange of information; and kicking off joint research activities. Europeans face the challenge of protecting the tropical and subtropical regions' biodiversity from the influence of humans. NET-BIOME¬ will be instrumental in guaranteeing that European research complies with global biodiversity standards.

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Published: 4 June 2007

  Forest protection pushes Europeans into action

Scientists and industry experts from Europe and abroad recently launched a joint effort for the protection of forests. The 100-strong group initiated COST Action E27 targeting a better understanding of national and international distinctions of protected forest areas in Europe, and an explanation behind this diversity. They analysed an entire range of protected forest area categories. The findings showed that a marked separation exists between restrictions related to timber resources and silvicultural management, and those linked to non-timber production and public access. The publication Protected forest areas – analysis and harmonisation (PROFOR): Results, conclusions and recommendations was published last March and is now available.

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Published: 1 June 2007

  European research determines Australia’s carbon monoxide worries are South American imports

Thanks to a European research project of literally global proportions, scientists have been able to determine that much of the carbon monoxide residing in the atmosphere above Australia is produced by wildfires in South America. Australia’s wildfires are notorious; however, scientists suspected other factors were at play above the biomass-poor regions of central Australia. Biomass incineration, i.e. wildfires, is the largest cause of carbon monoxide in the lower reaches of the atmosphere. Researchers using the Dutch-German satellite instrument SCIAMACHY aboard Europe’s environmental satellite Envisat were able to determine that local fires couldn’t be responsible for the CO levels observed by Dr Annemieke Gloudemans of the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON), and her colleagues.

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Published: 22 May 2007

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