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  • Writer's pictureGustavo Bernal Torres

New Zealand Announces World-First Plan to Tax Cow and Sheep Burps

New Zealand has announced a plan to tax livestock burps in an effort to curb the country's gas emissions.

  • Methane emissions from animals is a well-known issue. Cows alone are responsible for about 40% of those planet-warming gases globally — mainly through their burps. UC Davis scientist Ermias Kebreab is something of a cow whisperer who has spent two decades studying the greenhouse gas contributions of hoofed animals. "If you tell me how much your animal is consuming, I can tell you pretty closely to the actual emissions using mathematical models," he said.

  • Past measures to tax farmers have met strong resistance, but New Zealand's climate change minister James Shaw thinks it is a good start. A final decision on New Zealand's plan is expected by the end of the year.



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