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Meat and dairy cuts called for

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MEAT AND cheese may have to be off the menu if there is to be any hope of hitting climate change targets, a new study suggests.

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions from energy use and transporta­tion is not enough on its own to ensure global temperatur­es rise by no more than 2C.

The research indicates it will also be necessary to slash emissions from agricultur­e.

Without such action, nitrous oxide emissions from fields and methane from livestock may double by 2070, it is claimed.

This alone would make meeting the 2C target set by the United impossible.

“We have shown that reducing meat and dairy consumptio­n is key to bringing ag ricultural climate pollution down to safe levels,” said lead scientist Dr Fredrik Hedenus, from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

The call comes despite a rapidly growing demand for meat and dairy foods around the world.

Agricultur­al emissions are diff icult and costly to reduce by means of technology and new production methods, say the researcher­s writing in the journal Climate Change.

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