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Vegetarian Diet as a Solution to Global Warming! September 06, 2005 2:08 AM

Global warming can be reduced if more people take meat off their menus and switch to eating vegetables and grains according to the environmental group EarthSave International. In a new report, the group said the most significant source of climate change over the next half-century is likely animal agriculture, rather than vehicles and power plants that emit carbon dioxide (CO2) from the burning of fossil fuels the traditional targets of environmentalists. The report's data analysis shows that methane sources not carbon dioxide sources - are the biggest cause of global warming today, and will continue to be for the next 50 years. Livestock is the top human-related source of methane worldwide, the report says. Methane is one of the six greenhouse gases governed by the Kyoto Protocol, an international greenhouse gas emissions reduction treaty in which the United States does not participate. Methane is 21 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, the EarthSave report states, and methane levels have increased more than carbon dioxide levels. EarthSave reports that animal agriculture produces more than 100 million tons of methane a year, about 85 percent from livestock digestion and 15 percent from manure lagoons used to store untreated feces.

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