Scientists prepare to farm puffy pink seaweed that stops cows burping methane

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Researchers want to mass-farm a native Queensland seaweed, which stops cows burping methane, in a bid to help cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions. A previous study by the CSIRO discovered adding a small amount of Asparagopsis to the cow's diet reduced the amount of the gas the animal produced by up to 99 per cent. It found the chemicals in the algae diminished the microbes in cows stomachs which caused them to pass air. Associate Professor Nicholas Paul from the University of the Sunshine Coast said if enough of the algae was grown it could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia Read more

Snow painted white because it’s so dirty from pollution in Russia

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Residents in one coal-mining Russian town were stunned when their usual brown snow mysteriously turned white. The authorities have been accused of using ‘modern technology’ to hide the effects of pollution with white paint. In a video posted by local media, a Russian woman reaches out her hand to brush a snow bank in the town of Mysky, Siberia. She comes away with white sticky paint coating her fingers, which had apparently been used to hide the soot and ash dirtying the snow. ‘You can see the stains. It even sticks,’ she told the Moscow Times while demonstrating the substance on her Read more