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Methane emissions from cattle break down in the atmosphere

Methane emissions from livestock break down in the atmosphere, whereas carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels continues to build up over centuries.

Methane emitted by livestock is part of the natural biogenic carbon cycle. Methane breaks down into carbon dioxide after 10-12 years which is recycled by soil and plants that sheep, cattle and goats eat, which restarts the natural carbon cycle. In comparison carbon dioxide emissions from energy and transport sectors burning fossil fuels remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years.

The Biogenic carbon cycle explained. 

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