Introduce carbon tax on meat and flights say Swedish researchers

The amount of carbon dioxide emissions within Swedish borders has decreased, but the total amount of emissions caused by Swedish consumers has increased because of things like meat eating and airplane flights.

Researchers now recommend a carbon tax on both of these.

A new report from environmental researchers at Chalmers University of Technology was presented in a debate article in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Friday.

“Based on the possibilities of reaching the climate goal to avoid an increased global warming of two degrees Celsius by 2050 it is very important to consider all emissions. You cannot just stick your head in the sand and think that it does not affect us. We need to think about all of our emissions.

“These are two areas that until now have been, more or less, overlooked by climate politics,” Jörgen Larsson, environmental researcher at Chalmers University of Technology told Swedish Radio News.

Larsson, and the other 13 researchers who co-authored the article, are suggesting introducing a carbon tax on meat consumption and airplane travel.

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