This blog post talks about the link between livestock animals and their impact on climate change. To reduce my consumption of beef at home , my boyfriend and I have a share of a quarter of a cow from a local farm. The cow was raised on an all grass fed diet. We have been rationing the meat to one meal per week. As a result, we have reduced our demand for beef throughout the year.
Efforts to reduce greenhouse gases should focus on livestock
FRISCO — Focusing on livestock to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could help humanity make some headway in the race to prevent catastrophic climate change, according to an international research team that took a close look at methane and nitrous oxide.
Cutting releases of methane and nitrous oxide, two gases that pound-for-pound trap more heat than CO2, should be considered alongside the challenge of reducing fossil fuel use, the scientists concluded in their analysis, published last week as an opinion commentary in Nature Climate Change, a professional journal.
“Because the Earth’s climate may be near a tipping point to major climate change, multiple approaches are needed for mitigation,” said Oregon State University forestry professor William Ripple. “We clearly need to reduce the burning of fossil fuels to cut CO2 emissions. But that addresses only part of the problem. We…
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