For dairy farms, flaring methane offers mitigation option

Installing covers with flares could mitigate 1.8 mmt of carbon dioxide equivalent per year from ag methane in New York.

As dairy farms get larger and store more manure — rather than spread it — methane emissions have doubled in the last two decades. To reduce this potent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, Cornell University researchers advocate an economical, viable solution: combustion.

“Methane can easily be destroyed by flaring, so we developed scenarios where manure storage units could capture and flare methane,” wrote co-authors Jenifer Wightman and Peter B. Woodbury, researchers in the section

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