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Study: Replacing Beef with Beans Better for Climate

Shunning beef for beans could mitigate the effects of climate change by slashing greenhouse gas emissions in a very big way, according to new research published in the journal Climatic Change. The study predicts such a swap could help the United States meet upwards of 50 percent of its emissions targets by 2020.

“This is probably the first time that beans have been identified as a gas-reducing measure,” said Helen Harwatt, a former research fellow at Loma Linda University, and lead author of the study. Still, it’s serious science about a sober issue, as there’s little that’s comical about climate change.

Kenneth Leung

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