Methane Emissions: Rice

Authored by: Kazuyuki Yagi

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
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The atmospheric concentration of methane has increased rapidly in recent years. Because it is a radiative trace gas and takes part in atmospheric chemistry, the rapid increase could be of significant environmental consequence. Of the wide variety of sources, rice fields are considered an important source of atmospheric methane because the harvest area of rice has increased greatly in the last 50 years. Because of the possibility of controlling the emission by agronomic practices, rice cultivation must be one of the most hopeful sources for mitigating methane emission.

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