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With Methane Digesters, Dairies Make Strides Toward Emissions Reductions

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Kerry Klein
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Valley Public Radio
Michael Boccadoro, Executive Director of Dairy Cares, says the dairy industry is on track to reduce its methane emissions by 40 percent by the year 2030. State data show emissions reductions are already happening, largely due to methane digesters.

When we talk about climate change and greenhouse gases in California, it’s tough to ignore the dairy industry: State data estimate dairies to be responsible for about 3 percent of the state’s annual greenhouse gas emissions – mostly due to burping cows and fermenting manure. Although the industry has already made some reductions to its emissions, a recent state law requires the industry to reduce its methane footprint even further over the next decade.

How will dairies accomplish that goal, and are they on track to meet it? In this interview, FM89’s Kerry Klein speaks with Michael Boccadoro, Executive Director of the industry coalition Dairy Cares, about how dairies in the San Joaquin Valley are embracing emissions-reducing technologies called methane digesters.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.
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