Transitioning from cattle to trees combats climate change sustainably

The Guardian April 2, 2024, 02:00 PM UTC

Summary: Paying ranchers to raise trees instead of cattle can combat global warming and biodiversity loss. The world's 1.7 billion cows dominate Earth's animal population, using over a third of the land. Phasing out animal agriculture over 15 years could lead to "negative emissions," offsetting two-thirds of projected CO2 emissions. Shifting from cattle to plant-based protein sources is economically viable and crucial for environmental sustainability. Transitioning to forest and grassland management could cost just 1% of global GDP annually.

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