According to IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in 2015, 16% of greenhouse gases were methane. The latter would be 28 times more harmful than CO2 and would play an unprecedented role in global warming! And when scientists observe the source, they point directly at the far too intensive and unfortunately highly polluting livestock industry.
The results are without appeal: the emission of methane from intensive livestock farming does not decrease, it would increase! It would indeed be 11% higher than the forecast results. According to Julie Wolf, a researcher in the US Department of Agriculture, this difference in outcome is due to a growing number of animals, which are much larger in size and thus more consistent intake of food.
The amount of methane emitted into the atmosphere was a small increase until 2006. Unfortunately, as of 2007, methane emissions have grown ten times faster! Methane is a naturally produced compound and with multiple sources. However, man accounts for two-thirds of global methane emissions. The production and transport of coal, oil and certain natural gases cause consequent releases of methane into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, these emissions are also accompanied by those from livestock in the form of flatulence.
The increase in the number of animals is due to an increasing demand for meat. Considered to be a luxury product, meat is now found at low prices on display stands and is increasingly accessible to people from less developed countries. Some regions of Asia, Latin America, and Africa are directly concerned, and it is unfortunately on these continents that the population is the strongest. Consumption of meat can only increase.
Methane is much less persistent than CO2 in the atmosphere but remains extremely polluting because of a better ability to capture solar radiation. Its increase in the atmosphere will not stop as long as governmental boundaries and treaties are not put in place.