"We need to do something, but first we need to measure to determine how much methane is produced."
That's the message from YangQuan Chen and his team of researchers at the University of California, Merced, who have received two $1 million grants as part of a larger $4 million package of climate change research grants from the university, the Merced Sun-Star reports.
Chen's work focuses on measuring methane in the environment, then reducing it by mixing manure with biochara charcoal-like material produced by burning organic matterand applying it to soil.
Other researchers are working on altering livestock feed to reduce the number of cow "burps" producedanother source of methane.
"We need to do something, but first we need to measure to determine how much methane is produced," Chen tells the Merced Sun-Star.
"Our work is starting to draw national and international attention."
A second $1 million grant was awarded to life and environmental sciences professor Rebecca Ryals, whose team is examining the use of compost as an equitable climate solution in the San Joaquin Valley.
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