Imagine New York City with six feet of water everywhere or Washington DC under four feet of water. This is not some imaginary climate-change Armageddon, but a real-life prediction from the Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project (ISMIP6) team, which is led by NASA Goddard. Sixty climate scientists from around the world contributed to the study, which predicts that in Greenland and Antarctica, “melting ice sheets will add over 15 inches to global sea-level rise by 2100.”
What’s the underlying cause? Human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases.
One of the most significant causes of greenhouse gas emissions is intensive animal farming. According to the United Nations report on Food and Agriculture, “total emissions from global livestock…represents 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions.”
What can you do about it? Plenty. You can stop eating red meat, either partially or entirely. The benefits are not only for New York City, Washington DC and the glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica. They are very close to home: your health, the health of your family, your grandchildren, and their chance to live a longer, happier life.
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