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ENVIRONMENTAL authorities want toreduce the amount of methane gas in the atmosphere produced by cows.

The move is not a bid to improve the manners of ruminants in the Island, but a serious attempt to help Jersey to reduce its overall emissions of greenhouse gases.

Cow burps and other emissions are thought to contribute about one per cent of the annual output of greenhouse gases and with the States Environment department aiming to cut harmful emissions by 80 per cent of 1990 levels by 2050, all ideas are being considered.

Dr Louise Magris, the Environment department's director of policy, said that whereas cows contributed only a small fraction to the overall emissions in the Island, the agriculture sector could still play a significant role.

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