Saturday, September 6, 2008

shUN meat

The BBC on-line science news headline reads:

"Shun meat, says UN climate chief"

IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri will be speaking Monday evening in London. Assessments by various UN agencies report that 16% of greenhouse gases worldwide come from livestock production, and 13% from transport.

Of the livestock sector, the biggest producer of greenhouse gases is the clearing of forests for grazing.

Surveys show that people are anxious about their carbon footprints - but are they anxious enough to give up their Whoppers and bangers?

(Seems to me many of the green actions people are willing to undertake are a little like the child who gives up spinach for Lent.)

And will the successor to the Kyoto protocol contain goals for reducing the emission of greenhouse gases in the livestock sector?

Stay tuned.

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