Cut meat consumption to two burgers a week to save planet, study suggests | Climate crisis


Meat consumption must be reduced to the equivalent of about two hamburgers a week in the developed world, and public transport must be expanded about six times faster than its current rate, if the world is to avoid the worst ravages of the climate crisis, research has found. suggested.

Deforestation must also be reduced rapidly and the phase-out of coal must be about six times faster than currently managed. Heavy industries such as cement and steel are not moving fast enough to reduce their emissions, and the rapid growth of renewable energy and the adoption of electric vehicles must be maintained.

The State of Climate Action 2022 report examined global progress on 40 indicators that would be key to halving global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, consistent with the goal of limiting temperature increases to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. level.

The researchers found a bleak picture, with just over half of the indicators far out of the way and five in the wrong direction.

The indicators of most concern have been the use of gas, which is increasing rapidly at a time when it should be reduced in favor of renewable energy; steel production, where emission reduction technology is not being applied quickly enough; travel in passenger cars; the rate at which mangrove forests are lost; and emissions from agriculture.

Ani Dasgupta, the chief executive of the World Resources Institute, one of the organizations responsible for the report, pointed to the extreme weather seen around the world this year.

“The world has seen the devastation wrought by just 1.1°C of warming. Every fraction of a degree matters in the fight to protect people and the planet. We are seeing significant progress in the fight against climate change, but we are still not winning in any sector,” he said.

Bill Hare, the chief executive of Climate Analytics, who also helped draft the report, warned of the increasing use of gas for electricity generation around the world.

“What is especially worrying is the increase in fossil fuel generation, despite the availability of cheaper and healthier alternatives,” he said. “The ongoing crisis from shocks such as the pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine has shown very clearly how continued reliance on fossil fuels is not only bad for the climate, but also poses serious security and economic risks.”

The report from the Systems Change Lab, a coalition of analyst organizations and charitable foundations, identified some bright spots. Solar power generation grew by nearly half between 2019 and 2021, while electric vehicles accounted for nearly one in 10 passenger cars sold in 2021, doubling from the previous year.

The analysis concluded that much more investment was needed to move the global economy on a low-carbon basis: About $460 billion a year in additional resources would be needed over the next ten years, and governments should also stop their favorable treatment of fossil fuels. .

The authors called on financial institutions to stop insuring the production of fossil fuels and carbon-intensive industries. The report’s findings will be presented to governments at the UN Cop27 climate summit, which begins next month in Egypt.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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