Bill Gates has invested in a start-up that will try to reduce the impact of cow burps on the climate

Bill Gates has invested in a start-up that will try to reduce the impact of cow burps on the climate
Bill Gates has invested in a start-up that will try to reduce the impact of cow burps on the climate

Gates has previously brought up the impact of meat production on the climate.

Livestock such as cows, goats and deer produce methane when their stomachs break down tough fibers such as grass. Methane is the most abundant greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide (CO2).

Perth, Australia-based startup Rumin8 is working on a dietary supplement synthetically replicated from red seaweed, stopping gas formation.

Studies show that feeding seaweed to cows can significantly reduce their methane emissions.

The company announced that it has raised $12 million from Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investment firm founded by Gates in 2015 with the goal of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. It is also supported by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Chinese businessman, billionaire Jack Ma.

We already reported that in October of last year, New Zealand proposed taxing the greenhouse gases produced by farm animals as a result of burping and urinating in order to combat climate change. Such a tax will be the first in the world, with the expectation that farmers will have to start paying for these emissions by 2025.

Scientists have expressed concern that methane has a very large effect on climate warming.

In 2019, methane levels in the atmosphere reached a record high, about two and a half times higher than in the pre-industrial era.

The article is in Latvian

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