> Landfills accounted for 41% of the source emissions it identified, manure management 26% and oil and gas operations 26%.
i.e. perhaps the best reason to recycle or compost is to avoid the methane emissions from natural decomposition.
Doesn't smell great over there, but it sure is interesting and pretty smart!
Uhhh, I think you may want to rethink that. Rotting things, whether in a landfill or in your ecologically principled compost heap in your back yard releases methane.
It boggles me that people emotionally or tribally react to a fact about how chemistry works, google things which support their emotional reaction, and ... don't read what was in their citation.
> Decomposing organic material in anaerobic conditions — by microbes in the absence of oxygen — releases methane into the atmosphere. Anaerobic fermentation is common in landfill and open stockpiles such as manure piles [azernik: Manure piles are the second big contributor to methane emissions listed in OP.]
The second one just refers to "anaerobic decomposition".
In both cases this is something they mention as the alternative to composting, i.e. they literally define composting by its use of aerobic decomposition methods.
And yes, I agree that this is a complicated biochemical process that should be done by professionals in dedicated facilities (EDIT: which is where most composting happens in California), not in people's backyards. Where did you hear me arguing for amateur backyard piles?
A little methane from the back yard is still better than landfill. But the math for commercial composting vs amateur might need some scrutiny. Transport to the composting facility should also be part of the arithmetic there.
0:"Here's Why We Can't Just Throw Our Garbage Into the Sun" https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a19666/we-cant-just-t...
For example (I have no idea how competent the product is): https://www.homebiogas.com/Products/HomeBiogas2
For most people this would be a novelty, maybe you could run an outdoor grill off of it.