Date: 3/20/17 9:20 am
From: marsha kardon <mfkardon...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!
Please consider this in your efforts to minimize your contribution to
climate change:

Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving cars, UN report
warns

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29 November 2006 – Cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse
gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation, and smarter
production methods, including improved animal diets to reduce enteric
fermentation and consequent methane emissions, are urgently needed, according
to <http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000448/index.html> a new
United Nations report released today.

“Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most
serious environmental problems,” senior UN Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) official Henning Steinfeld said. “Urgent action is
required to remedy the situation.”

Cattle-rearing is also a major source of land and water degradation,
according to the FAO report, Livestock’s Long Shadow–Environmental Issues
and Options
<http://www.virtualcentre.org/en/library/key_pub/longshad/A0701E00.htm>, of
which Mr. Steinfeld is the senior author.

“The environmental costs per unit of livestock production must be cut by
one half, just to avoid the level of damage worsening beyond its present
level,” it warns.

When emissions from land use and land use change are included, the
livestock sector accounts for 9 per cent of CO2 deriving from human-related
activities, but produces a much larger share of even more harmful
greenhouse gases. It generates 65 per cent of human-related nitrous oxide,
which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this
comes from manure.

And it accounts for respectively 37 per cent of all human-induced methane
(23 times as warming as CO2), which is largely produced by the digestive
system of ruminants, and 64 per cent of ammonia, which contributes
significantly to acid rain.

With increased prosperity, people are consuming more meat and dairy
products every year, the report notes. Global meat production is projected
to more than double from 229 million tonnes in 1999/2001 to 465 million
tonnes in 2050, while milk output is set to climb from 580 to 1043 million
tonnes.

The global livestock sector is growing faster than any other agricultural
sub-sector. It provides livelihoods to about 1.3 billion people and
contributes about 40 per cent to global agricultural output. For many poor
farmers in developing countries livestock are also a source of renewable
energy for draft and an essential source of organic fertilizer for their
crops.

Livestock now use 30 per cent of the earth’s entire land surface, mostly
permanent pasture but also including 33 per cent of the global arable land
used to producing feed for livestock, the report notes. As forests are
cleared to create new pastures, it is a major driver of deforestation,
especially in Latin America where, for example, some 70 per cent of former
forests in the Amazon have been turned over to grazing.

At the same time herds cause wide-scale land degradation, with about 20 per
cent of pastures considered degraded through overgrazing, compaction and
erosion. This figure is even higher in the drylands where inappropriate
policies and inadequate livestock management contribute to advancing
desertification.

The livestock business is among the most damaging sectors to the earth’s
increasingly scarce water resources, contributing among other things to
water pollution from animal wastes, antibiotics and hormones, chemicals
from tanneries, fertilizers and the pesticides used to spray feed crops.

Beyond improving animal diets, proposed remedies to the multiple problems
include soil conservation methods together with controlled livestock
exclusion from sensitive areas; setting up biogas plant initiatives to
recycle manure; improving efficiency of irrigation systems; and introducing
full-cost pricing for water together with taxes to discourage large-scale
livestock concentration close to cities.

On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:55 AM, Martha Fischer <mf26...> wrote:

> Dear All -
>
> Please make a commitment to USE LESS ENERGY.
>
> Turn off lights that are not being used.
>
> Reduce your use of the clothes dryer and other conveniences.
>
> Accept inconvenience.
>
> And then let¹s have this discussion.
>
> Take care,
>
> Martha Fischer
> Town of Enfield
>
> On 3/20/17, 9:48 AM, "<bounce-121351030-3494015...> on behalf
> of Nari Mistry" <bounce-121351030-3494015...> on behalf of
> <nbm2...> wrote:
>
> >There is urgent need for lovers of birds and wildlife along Dodge Rd. to
> >be aware of imminent developments along Dodge Rd.
> >
> >The massive industrial scale solar farm proposed in all the Cornell
> >owned fields along Dodge Rd and Stevenson Rd (as well as Turkey Hill
> >Rd.) is planning to start construction in a few weeks. There was a
> >hearing in Dryden last Thursday at which many residents spoke out
> >against the massive scale of the project which will devastate wildlife
> >habitat.
> >
> >We have just learned this morning from a member of the Dryden
> >Conservation Board that they are proposing to cut down the Spruce Woods
> >bordering the WEST side of Dodge Rd. because they will shadow the panels
> >slated to go right along the very edge of Dodge R. next to a
> >(barbed-wire topped) fence!
> >
> >If you are concerned about this assault and the effect of replacing all
> >the grassland in the fields with sod under the panels (and
> >herbicides???), please write immediately to the Dryden Town Board and
> >ATTEND THE PLANNING BOARD MEETING scheduled on THIS Thursday March 23,
> >at 7pm at the Dryden Town Hall on Main Street.
> >
> >Please express your opinion that may help reduce the scale of this
> >commercial operation that will devastate wildlife in this favorite
> >location for viewing wildlife!
> >
> > Nari & Gin Mistry
> >
> > Ellis Hollow rd.
> >
> >
> >
> >
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