Misleading narratives about methane, carbon sequestration and food security do none of us any favours
MaREI researcher Dr Hannah Daly at ERI, University College Cork has become a regular writer for a column called “In a time of climate crisis” for the Irish Times. In this week’s column, she discusses the Climate debate being poisoned by agriculture’s manufactured doubt and division.
The first step in solving a problem is recognizing that there actually is a problem. Why would any industry accept the need to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions quickly while claiming to be a world-leading example of sustainability?
Ireland’s agriculture sector has now manoeuvred itself into this position.
If we can learn anything from the heated discussions leading up to the adoption of sectoral carbon budgets this summer, it is that stoking confusion around the climate impact of livestock and mistrust in the science is a very effective barrier to climate action.
‘The heated discussions ahead of the adoption of carbon budgets this summer showed that stoking confusion on the climate impact of livestock and mistrust in the science is an effective barrier to climate action,’ writes Hannah Daly (via @IrishTimesOpEd) https://t.co/Eo0X5VbvWx
— Irish Times Opinion (@IrishTimesOpEd) September 1, 2022