Over the past two decades, efforts to address climate change have primarily focused on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuel combustion. The potential contribution of livestock production to climate change has been largely overlooked. Recent scholarship suggests that activities related to livestock production constitute a significant proportion of anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Although estimates of livestock’s contribution to our overall GHG emissions range broadly – from 18% to 51% – there is no question that this impact warrants serious consideration from policy makers.
Environmental Law | Law
Julia Christian, Andrew Kirchner, Derek Nelson & Jessica A. Wentz,
Livestock and Climate Change – Annotated Bibliography,
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, July 2012
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/sabin_climate_change/160