New light bulbs and tote bags aren’t enough
view traffic Islip, NY 58The recently released United Nations report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability might alter your plans for Earth Day on April 22.
It confirms that climate change is having an impact on every continent, affecting agriculture, human health, ecosystems, water supplies and even some people’s livelihoods, but it also indicates that we can still turn the tide if we take significant steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Using energy efficient light bulbs and reusable tote bags or even driving a hybrid car isn’t enough. The best way to reduce greenhouse gasses is by eating vegan foods rather than animal based ones.
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Twitter Scientists with Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden recently calculated ways to combat climate change and concluded that we won’t win the battle by cutting greenhouse g pandora charms uk as emissions from energy use pandora charms uk and transportation. Lead scientist Dr.
Fredrik Hedenus says that “reducing meat and dairy consumption is key” to reducing greenhouse gasses.
Research shows that cattle are the biggest source of greenhouse gasses, accounting for more than three quarters of all emissions from the global livestock sector. is emitting 50 percent more methane a potent greenhouse gas that’s at least 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide when it comes to trapping heat in the atmosphere than the Environmental Protection Agency had previously estimated and that much of the “excess” methane is coming from cows in the south central region of the country.
The Swedish scientists predict that by 2050, beef and lamb production will account for half of all agricultural greenhouse gas emissions but only 3 percent of human caloric intake. Cheese and other dairy products are expected to cause about 25 percent of agricultural climate pollution in the next 40 years.
Fortunately, it’s easy to find great tasting mock pandora charms uk meats, vegan cheeses and other environmentally friendly options at mainstream grocery stores and restaurants. Since last Earth Day, several national restaurant chains have added vegan options to their menus, so pandora charms uk even when you’re on the go, you can enjoy delicious dairy free frozen yogurt, tasty tofu based dishes, faux chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers and other plant based foods. And, of course, most ethnic restaurants offer a variety of vegan dishes, including vegetable curries and stir fries, falafel, savory noodle dishes and more.
Many communities are encouraging people to eat meat free meals as well. Since Earth Day 2013, several more cities and counties, including Montgomery County, Md.; Oakland, Calif.; Pensacola, Fla.; and Vancouver, Canada, have joined the ever growing list of localities that officially endorse Meatless Mondays. Politicians have urged restaurants, schools, grocery stores, businesses and other institutions in these areas to offer more plant based foods.
Taste testers in London even tried the world’s first laboratory grown hamburger, which was created by Dutch scientist Mark Post and funded by Google co founder Sergey Brin. When in vitro meat is commercially available, it will spare billions of animals and also conserve vast amounts of land and water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 96 percent and require up to 60 percent less energy than conventional meat, according to researchers.