Friday, June 22, 2018

Sausages Inflate World Cup Carbon Budget

Some climate change research is enlightening, some alarming, some baffling – and some, on soccer and sausages, might seem a little bizarre.

Feeding the fans: Russian sausages in the making. (Image Credit: Robert Lawton, via Wikimedia Commons) Click to Enlarge.
With the football World Cup under way in Russia,  it’s sausages that are preoccupying one group of researchers, not soccer.  They want to know how many sausages are eaten at the matches and what the resulting impact on the climate will be.

The study, by nu3, a German company specializing in nutrition and food supplements, says that at each World Cup match nearly 25,000 sausages will be swallowed by spectators.

As a result of the consumption of all those sausages – and their production – more than 3,000 kg of climate-changing carbon dioxide will be produced at every game played in Russia, says the study.

By determining the average sausage consumption per football match, nu3 was then able to use data from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to calculate how many kgs of CO2 were produced as a result.  In addition, the hectares of Amazon rainforest which would be required to soak up the carbon dioxide emissions emitted has been calculated.

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