Rotting food has been fingered for its huge role in causing climate change. New Zealand alone throws away 122,000 tonnes of food a year - which oozes greenhouse gases as it rots. But new research shows globally, the situation is even worse. Claire Fyson from Climate Analytics talks to Radio New Zealand about the Climate Action Tracker report on decarbonising the agricultural sector.
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A technical debate flowing out of last year’s UN climate conference in Bonn could help determine the global response to the unavoidable loss and damage developing countries will experience as a result of climate change. “By now it is clear that climate change is as much an economic problem as it is an environmental one,” Climate Analytics states in a new blog post. For developing countries, in particular, “rising temperatures slow economic growth, [and] devastating climate-related impacts leave large negative imprints on economic development.”
A new analysis of agricultural emissions published this week by Climate Action Tracker has pointed out that reducing agricultural emissions through farming practices alone won’t be enough to limit global warming to 1.5°C, but that reducing food waste and changing societies diet could deliver the necessary changes.