Booze and climate change: How to reduce your carbon footprint

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Booze and climate change: How to reduce your carbon footprint

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Believe it or not, alcohol shipping and production both have a considerable carbon footprint, but you can reduce your footprint by (bizarrely) drinking the stronger stuff instead of beer.

If you did dry January this year, you probably reduced your carbon footprint without knowing it. That’s because alcohol production and distribution can be quite energy intensive. So, what if you want to reduce your environmental footprint but you’re not quite ready to hop on the wagon and stay there? Broadly speaking, liquor tends to be more environmentally sustainable per unit. “The more concentrated they are, the less impact they have,” Alissa Kendall, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Davis, said of alcoholic beverages. Drinkers typically get more mileage out of a bottle of...



 


 

 

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