Tax meat to cut methane emissions, say scientists


Meat should be taxed to encourage people to eat less of it, thus reducing the production of global warming gases from sheep, cattle, and goats, according to a group of scientists.

Several high-profile figures, from the chief of the U.N.’s climate science panel to the economist Lord Stern, have previously advocated eating less meat to tackle global warming.

The scientists’ analysis, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, takes the contentious step of suggesting methane emissions be cut by pushing up the price of meat through a tax or emissions trading scheme.

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11 thoughts on “Tax meat to cut methane emissions, say scientists

  1. I wonder though have they thought about 7 billion people passing gas every day? We pass between 1 and 3 pints, so if we go for the mean it’s 2 x 7 billion people. 14 billion pints of fart per day. Hmm, I may have to stop inhaling here. 🙂

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