Dr. Sara Place Sees Latest IPCC Climate Report as Opportunity for Beef Cattle Industry to Help in Effort to Lower Global TempsWed, 11 Aug 2021 05:42:28 CDT
This past Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released updated research on the globe’s current climate situation, including forecasts of what is to come. The report cites increasing average global temperatures, which are causing polar ice to melt, natural disasters to get worse and more, all due to human influence.
Important to remember is that the IPCC has been making these statements for decades. Almost twenty years ago, they published their first "Hockey Stick" graph showing sharply rising temps in the last one hundred years which they attribute to humanity.. The latest update of their cumulative data has the latest version of the "hockey stick" chart- showing what they describe as unprecedented warming in recent years.
According to the report, the next twenty years of harsher weather are unavoidable, as production of greenhouse gasses and changes in land use have not happened quickly enough.
The report shows some human activity, including agricultural production, can have both warming and cooling effects on the planet. Methane and Ozone are contributing factors to warming trends, but not in the same way as CO2. Methane and Ozone are categorized as Short-Lived Climate Forcers (SLCFs).
“Because SLCFs do not remain in the atmosphere for very long, their effects on the climate are different from one region to another and can change rapidly in response to changes in SLCF emissions,” the report stated.
However, while the report does cite cattle as a culprit in rising greenhouse gases, the Chief Sustainability Officer of Elanco, Dr. Sara Place, says she is gratified that the authors of the 4,000 page report do acknowledge how science is viewing methane as a short lived gas, the gas that comes from cattle(and other sources). IPCC acknowledged the short lived nature of methane, amd Dr. Place contends that with stable numbes of cattle means we have a constant level of methane from the cattle business. From there- she believes that we need to reduce levels through new research and technology in the near future, which is being worked on by both the beef and dairy industries.
She adds that for consumers- they can enjoy a delicious steak or a juicy burger and then also be assured that cattlemen and women are tackling the greenhouse gases issue headon with a positive result in the battle to slow or stop global temperatures.
We talked with Dr. Place at the 2021 Cattle Inidstry Convention in Nashville- our coverafe from Nashville is powered by Farm Data Services of Stillwater.
Click on the LISTEN BAR to hear Ron Hays and Sara Place discuss the 6th update from the IPCC released by the United Nations this week.
For Oklahoma, the report shows increases in drought and fire weather, increases in extreme precipitation, possible increases in river and pluvial flooding and possible increases in winter precipitation.
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