The NZAGRC produces, in collaboration with the PGgRc, a series of factsheets titled: Reducing New Zealand's agricultural greenhouse gases.
This series covers a variety of topics and levels of information - some are specific to technologies and practices currently available (or in development via our research programme), or specific policy information, and others are designed to provide a summary of overview of what New Zealand is doing to reduces its emissions.
The Impact of Livestock Agriculture on Climate Change
There is robust scientific evidence that the climate is changing, and that most of the warming observed over the past 50 years is due to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations from human activities. This fact sheet summarises why, and how, livestock agriculture contributes to climate change, and why limiting the projected global increase in those emissions is seen as a key component of dealing with climate change.
With almost half of our emissions from agriculture, New Zealand is unique in the developed world. Understanding the global contribution of agriculture to climate change provides important context for New Zealand's efforts to enable agriculture to continue to create wealth in a carbon constrained world.
Download fact sheet 1 (high res) (5.80MB)
Download fact sheet 1 (low res) (1.13MB)
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