Highlights

  • New Zealand's plan for climate change
  • Country to tax sheep, cattle burps
  • Farmers to pay for emissions from 2025

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Bid to combat climate change: New Zealand plans to tax cow and sheep burps

New Zealand is home to just over five million people, along with around 10 million cattle and 26 million sheep. 

In a bid to tackle one of the country's biggest sources of greenhouse gases, the New Zealand government has unveiled a plan to tax sheep and cattle burps.

The move will make the island nation the first country to charge farmers for the methane emissions from the animals they keep.

New Zealand is home to just over five million people, along with around 10 million cattle and 26 million sheep.

Almost half the country's total greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, mainly methane.

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Under the proposal farmers will have to pay for their gas emissions from 2025.
The plan also includes incentives for farmers who reduce emissions through feed additives, while planting trees on farms could be used to offset emissions.

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