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Give up meat to save the planet, says climate chief

Posted 27 October 2009

Lord Stern, one of the world’s leading authorities on global warming, has been reported as saying that people should turn vegetarian to help beat climate change. He believes people should be aware that the more meat they eat, the higher ‘carbon content’ their diet will have. Speaking ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Lord Stern highlighted the ‘enormous pressure’ meat puts on the world’s resources. He described meat production as ‘a wasteful use of water’ as well as a significant source of greenhouse gases. Methane is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, and livestock is thought to be responsible for up to a quarter of man-made methane emissions worldwide. Given the threat runaway climate change presents to the lives of millions of people, Lord Stern predicted that one day eating meat could become as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.

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