Sugar taxation could help combat climate change
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
I don't generally highlight these sorts of stories, but this one is so utterly delusional, I couldn't resist. Reducing sugar consumption could aid in combating climate change, according to new research carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB). The study, published in Nature Sustainability, explores alternative uses for sugar cropland in the European Union (EU). The experts looked into three strategies: reforesting current sugar cropland; switching sugar beet crops for ethanol production; and exporting excess sugar to Brazil, allowing Brazil to swap sugar production for ethanol production. With the first scenario, the researchers estimate that carbon emissions could be reduced by 20.9–54.3 MtCO2e per year. That number could be doubled for the second scenario and quadrupled for the third scenario.
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