Global meat consumption needs to be cut to ensure the world avoids “dangerous” climate change, a report has warned. A worldwide shift towards lower-meat diets would curb temperature rises to prevent the worst impacts of global warming, it said. The report, from thinktank Chatham House, recommends governments take action to curb meat consumption. It could include making meat more expensive through a carbon tax and using procurement for schools and hospitals to push healthier diets. The livestock sector accounts for 15% of global greenhouse emissions, the report claims. Read more: As well as causing the same level of greenhouse gases as the tailpipe emissions of all the vehicles in the world, increasing meat consumption is bad for people’s health, linked to cancer, heart disease, obesity and spread of antibiotic-resistant disease. The report, released ahead of key UN talks on tackling climate change, warns that pledges made by countries ahead of the talks in Paris on the action they will take to cut emissions put the world on track for around 3C of warming by 2100. Changing diets to ensure healthy levels of meat consumption could deliver 25% of the remaining emissions reductions needed to put the world on a path… Read full this story
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