Overall, livestock activities contribute an estimated 18% to total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions from the five major sectors for greenhouse gas reporting: energy, industry, waste, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) and agriculture (Livestock’s Long Shadow, 2006)
Livestock contributes about 9% of total carbon dioxide emissions, 37% of methane and 65% of nitrous oxide (Livestock’s Long Shadow, 2006)
The livestock sector is a key player in increasing water use and water depletion. The water used by the livestock is over 8% of global human water use. The major part of this water is in fact used for irrigation and feeding crops, representing 7% of global water use (Livestock’s Long Shadow, 2006)
Livestock's Long Shadow (2006) This report aims to assess the full impact of the livestock sector on environmental problems, along with potential technical and policy approaches to mitigation. Livestock's contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale and its potential contribution to their solution is equally large. Click here to download the full report.