Climatologists point out that no particular storm can be tied to climate change — only that such devastating storms such as Harvey and Irma will become more common in the future, as the Earth warms due to the continued increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases.
Climate change, which is brought on by the indiscriminate burning of fossil fuels and reliance on animal agriculture as a source of food, threatens to displace millions of people, cause mass extinction of species and rapidly alter the lands and waters that humankind depends upon for survival.
According to a 2006 report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and a 2009 report by the Livestock and Climate Change environmental assessment experts at the World Bank, animal agriculture is responsible for over half of the total global greenhouse gas emissions.
The FAO assessment was based on the most recent and complete data available, taking into account direct impacts, along with the impacts of feed crop production and the indirect effects of livestock production. Both reports concluded that the livestock sector is one of the most significant contributors to not only climate change but also to land degradation, water shortage, loss of biodiversity and air and water pollution.
This means that the unnecessary and unsustainable consumption of meat in developed countries accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than the transportation, electrical generation and other industrial uses of fossil fuels combined. It is estimated that the feeding of livestock now uses over 30 percent of the earth’s entire arable land surface, mostly in producing feed for the animals.
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