Questions tagged [environment]

Impacts of human activities on the natural world including use of scarce resources (water, land) and release of waste products (greenhouse gases, air pollution).

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Which one promotes the most deforestation: raising crops or animal husbandry?

This seems like an argument that often comes up against plant-based diets: "you eat insert plant and it destroys rainforests". Are there any studies on which activity causes more harm to forests?
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Is it true that giving up red meat would cut more carbon emissions than giving up my car?

I've heard it mentioned that removing red meat from my diet would cut more carbon emissions than giving up my car - is this true?
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How many vegans are needed to reach the Kyoto protocol target?

This is a pretty mathematical question. Given that: vegan diet has a greatly reduced environmental impact due to the smaller amount of greenhouse gases emissions (useful links: 1 2) world population ...
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How big is the impact that humans have on the emptiness of oceans?

I am interested in knowing how much emptier (ideally in either number of fish or kg of biomass) the ocean is due to direct and intentional human activity such as fishing or artificially controlling ...
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How long would it take for oceans to recover if vegetarianism was the norm?

We often hear that the oceans are being overfished and that the populations of many ocean animals are rapidly declining. If society transitioned to vegetarianism as a whole (eg. omnivores would be as ...
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Which pets could be kept by someone who chooses to be vegan for environmental reasons?

Let's assume that someone is not concerned with animal welfare or rights of their pet, and is vegan for purely environmental reasons. The issue is that buying food for carnivorous animals is ...
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How does environmental impact of small scale animal farming compare to industrial livestock production?

Vegan concerns for environment involve the ecological impact of livestock industry in terms of resource consumption (grains, land, water), pollution, greenhouse gases emissions and loss of ...
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Relationship between vegetarianism and global warming

It is said that going vegetarian can help reduce global warming. What research has been done to support this or against it. Also, if true, to what extent is it effective as compared to other methods ...
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What are the well-evidenced effects of animal agriculture on the environment?

What are some well-evidenced effects that animal agriculture has on the environment? A good answer would provide summaries of the key effects along with strong references to back up the claims.
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How much is a person's greenhouse gas footprint reduced by eating vegetarian?

Animal agriculture has been identified as playing a large role in climate change. I am interested in how much of a difference someone can make through diet changes. How much is the average North ...
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Which are good documentaries about environmental impact of livestock industry?

I've already seen Cowspiracy (and I recommend it). Which other documentaries have been made about the impact of livestock industry and how going vegan can alleviate environmental problems?
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What is the ecological impact of producing vegan supplements?

Since one of the reasons that I follow a vegan diet for is the relatively lower ecological impact that it has on the planet, I was wondering whether there are some studies looking into the ecological ...
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Documentaries in Spanish about environmental impact of meat industry?

I've previously asked which are good documentaries about environmental impact of livestock industry. However, since I'm living in a Spanish-speaking country, I'm more interested in which documentaries ...
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Can a modern diet be vegan, organic and sustainable? [closed]

Assuming a vegan diet, where the food is not altered or produced by the exploitation of animals. To be sustainable nutrients that are removed from the soil by growing plants need to be replaced. ...
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How much land and water is used for farming animals?

I am curious how much arable land and water is used in the production of meat, dairy, eggs, and other farmed-animal products. This should include the resources used for production of the feed for the ...
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Do I really help by eating no meat but still eating fish ? How much is my environmental footprint reduced?

I never ate meat during my whole life because of a gastric problem. But I still eat seafood (Fish, shrimp...). Some call this being pescetarian. I always thought that this was also respectful of the ...
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How is Animal Rebellion connected to the Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement?

I’ve been seeing news about the extinction rebellion (XR) movement from several countries lately, and I’ve also been seeing news about Animal Rebellion, mostly from England and Australia. Are these ...
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Is organic palm oil harmful to animals?

I know palm oil production destroy the home of monkeys. However, is this still the case for organic palm oil? I'm talking about organic palm oil in the European Union since every country has ...
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Vegetarianism, ocean ecology and the environment [closed]

How does vegetarianism, in the context of not eating fish and other ocean-life, help preserve ocean ecology? What are the impacts of fishing on the ocean plants and trees (fauna)? How does this, in ...
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How accurate are Cowspiracy’s claims about the livestock industry?

The documentary movie "Cowspiracy" makes many claims about water footprint, greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and other environmental issues. How accurate are these claims? Have any of the ...
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Is the change from meat eater to pescatarian comparable to the change from pescatarian to vegan?

I'm wondering if health-wise and ecology-wise the change from omnivore to pescatarian is comparable to change from pescatarian to vegan?
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How much money do I need to donate to charity to justify not being vegan?

I care about animal welfare and climate change but do not want to go vegan. Suppose I eat a typical American diet. How much money would I need to donate each year to the most effective charities to ...