Thursday, October 25, 2012

UNEP Global Environmental Alert Released for October: Growing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Due to Meat Production

This month, the United Nations Environment Programme released a new Global Environmental Alert titled, Growing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Due to Meat Production (Oct. 2012). The 10-page alert, available here as a pdf focuses on issues pertaining to Climate change, Resource efficiency, and Ecosystem management and discusses how "[b]oth intensive (industrial) and non-intensive (traditional) forms of meat production result in the release of greenhouse gases (GHGs), contributing to climate change. As meat supply and consumption increase around the world, more sustainable food systems must be encouraged."   For those unfamiliar with the reports,
UNEP Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) is a mechanism for identifying, selecting and communicating early warning information on emerging issues to decision makers on a regular basis across the following UNEP's focus areas:
The Global Environment Alert Service continuously scans the scientific literature, analyses results of earth observations and other data sources to produce widely distributed alerts, focussing on policy relevant environmental hotspots, environmental science, and near real-time environmental hazards in an easily understandable format. It takes the pulse of the planet and enhances UNEP's ability to provide regular, science based updates to its member states and the international community on the status and trends of the global environment.
Prior alerts are available here, dating from Aug. 2010 to the present.

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