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Ruminants, climate change and climate policy

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Greenhouse gas emissions from ruminant meat production are significant. Reductions in global ruminant numbers could make a substantial contribution to climate change mitigation goals and yield important social and environmental co-benefits.

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Acknowledgements

We thank R. Lamplugh, B. Kauffman, E. Stehfest and R. Comforto for comments on an early draft of this paper. W.R. was an Oregon State University L.L. Stewart faculty scholar during this project. P.S. is a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award holder. H.H. gratefully acknowledges research funding from EU-FP7 (Volante, grant no. 265104) and the Austrian Science Funds (project no. P20812-G11). S.A.M. acknowledges the support of the NOAA's Climate Program Office and its Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle and Climate Program. C.M. is supported by the Australian Research Council (FT100100338). D.B. thanks the Climate and Land Use Alliance for its support of the Union of Concerned Scientists' Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative.

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  1. Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

    • William J. Ripple
  2. Scottish Food Security Alliance-Crops and Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3UU, UK

    • Pete Smith
  3. Institute of Social Ecology Vienna, Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Wien, Graz, Schottenfeldgasse 29, 1070 Vienna, Austria

    • Helmut Haberl
  4. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys), Friedrichstraße 191, D-10117 Berlin, Germany

    • Helmut Haberl
  5. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado 80305, USA

    • Stephen A. Montzka
  6. The University of Queensland, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia

    • Clive McAlpine
  7. Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative, Union of Concerned Scientists, 1825 K Street, NW Suite 800, Washington DC 20006, USA

    • Douglas H. Boucher

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