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Meat Consumption and Vacuum Cleaners in Focus as Climate Debate Hots Up

September 2, 2014
Environmental Protection

A new report by scientists at Cambridge and Aberdeen Universities claims that greenhouse gas emissions are set to rise by 80% in the next 35 years if eating habits don’t change.

Researchers blame the move to an ‘American style’ diet which has led to a large increase in the consumption of meat and dairy products. The study recommends that consumption should be limited to two portions of meat per week.

Bojana Bajzelj told the Guardian newspaper; “The average efficiency of livestock converting plant feed to meat is less than 3%. As humans globally eat more and more meat, conversion from plants to food becomes less and less efficient, driving agricultural expansion and releasing more greenhouse gases. Agricultural practices are not necessarily at fault here – but our choice of food is.”

Livestock production currently accounts for 14.5% of global greenhouse emissions equivalent to the level produced by all forms of transport. The European Union meanwhile is looking at the results of a study into the use of up to 30 domestic appliances in an attempt to meet a targeted 30% energy saving across the region by 2030. EU officials have already banned the manufacture and importing of vacuum cleaners with power ratings greater than 1600 watts as part of the communities energy efficiency directive aimed at tackling climate change. Other appliances that could be subject to future restrictions include toasters, hairdryers and kettles.