The State of California has placed restrictions on several polluting agents from gas emissions given off by cows to diesel fumes which are released into the air.
California has had enough with pollution messing up its atmosphere. So legislative action was taken to remove or at least restrict air pollution. The sources of this air pollution lay in such things as cow flatulence and the emissions from diesel trucks.
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The bill was ratified by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. The flatulence of cows and other animals causes methane gas to be released into the atmosphere. This will be cut by 40%. Also black carbon from diesel trucks and factories will be cut by 50%.
Also any signs of HFCs which are used in refrigerators will be reduced thanks to the bill. Governor Brown has signed several climate change bills in recent times.
One of these will hopefully end up reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below the levels found in the early 90s. The target for this is the year 2030.
According to Reuters, Governor Brown spoke of how the goal was the protection of lung health and people’s overall well-being. Poisonous stuff came out of the exhaust vents of diesel trucks. These had to have kerbs put on them.
The diesel emissions cause among other ailments, such diseases as asthma. The air along the freeways was supersaturated with the black carbon emissions.
Governor Brown spoke of how the pollutants went from the machines into the air and finally ended up inside somebody’s lungs. It was a health hazard waiting to happen.
These pollutants differed from carbon dioxide to the extent that they remained in the air for a short time only. However, they do tend to segregate heat in the atmosphere. So reducing their emissions will go a long way towards solving the climate change riddle.
Black carbon normally comes from the burning of organic rubbish and truck exhausts. As for HFCs, they enter the air from aerosols and refrigerators.
Also since Nature is not so idyllic, the cow flatulence and manure that is generated by the dairy industry will have to have restrictions placed on it. New ways of reducing methane emissions will have to be found.
California’s dairy industry produces 20% of the milk consumed in the entire United States. One way of reducing cow flatulence is via a methane digester.
This converts the cow flatulence into valuable fuel. However, the equipment required for this operation is costly which has the farmers worried. The ultimate aim is better technology to fight pollution and lead toward a greening of the economy.