Thursday, June 24, 2010

Eat Less Meat, Reduce Global Warming -- Not!

From Fox News - March 23, 2010

The largely reported link between global warming and cattle farming -- pushed by a United Nations report on "Livestock's Long Shadow" -- was also largely inaccurate, explains one scientist.

Dr. Frank Mitloehner of the University of California said in a presentation before a national meeting of the American Chemical Society that the misleading claims came from a 2006 U.N. report. That report stated livestock was "responsible for 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions," describing the figure as "a larger share than transportation."

According to Mitloehner, the claim is inaccurate because the numbers for livestock were calculated differently from the transport figures.

"This lopsided analysis is a classical apples-and-oranges analogy that truly confused the issue," he said.

He argued that these claims distract society from effective solutions to global climate change, citing campaigns for "meatless Mondays" and a European campaign, called "Less Meat = Less Heat," launched late last year.

Numerous other mistakes in U.N. reports have been uncovered in recent months, following the leak of thousands of e-mails from the University of East Anglia' Climate Research Center in England, a scandal labeled "Climate-gate."

- In Climategate, scientists at the Climate Research Center were caught covering up data that showed global warming has not occurred for the last 15 years. Then, the UN's IPCC researchers were forced to admit that their forecasts of melting Himalayan glaciers, disappearing polar ice caps, and dwindling Amazon rainforests were based on junk science and data obtained by activists, not scientists.

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