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Michael Rea: Why Irish farmers matter in Paris

Michael Rea

Published 10/12/2015 | 13:57

Michael Rea is chief operating officer at the Carbon Trust
Michael Rea is chief operating officer at the Carbon Trust

IRISH farms might not be one of the major topics of discussion at COP21, but Ireland’s approach to sustainable agriculture is setting increasingly high standards for how to practically address one of the most significant sources of emissions.

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Agriculture, forestry and other land use accounts for around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions today.

But while other major sources of emissions such as energy, transport, industry and buildings are being put under serious pressure to become more and more efficient, agriculture remains relatively unburdened by the urgency of addressing climate change.

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