The Effects Of Climate Change On The Environment

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There is no denying that the effects of climate change are here. The cause of climate change, however, is often a debatable topic. The livestock industry is expanding at an alarming rate to meet the needs of an increasing population. Throughout the world, between the years 1971 and 2012, meat production has tripled, to 600 billion pounds a year, while the population only grew by 81%. This generation is currently eating meat on a much larger scale than their parents and grandparents ever did, just a few decades ago (Scheer). Climate change can be referred to as “any long-term change in Earth 's climate, or in the climate of a region or city. This includes warming, cooling and changes besides temperature.” according to NASA (Dunbar). To combat these undesirable, extreme temperatures, everyone has been told before to turn off the lights when leaving a room or to plant a tree, but rarely does one hear the suggestion to eat less or no meat. With an increasing threat of global warming largely due to the livestock industry, it is imperative that Americans start practicing vegetarianism to decrease methane produced by farm animals, carbon dioxide from transporting meat and by eliminating the deforestation required to make farmland for the livestock industry. One might deny the legitimacy of climate change and the human involvement. For those who do acknowledge climate change, not all believe that the livestock industry is to blame. In regards to vegetarianism, most people eat
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