Have fewer offspring and reduce your carbon footprint

As the world struggles to limit global warming to below 2°C, new research from scientists at Lund University in Sweden and the University of British Columbia in Canada, have identified a range of lifestyle choices with the greatest potential to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. By assessing 39 peer-reviewed studies, government reports and online tools, they picked lifestyle choices promoted to reduce our carbon footprints, and then ran estimates on how impactful these actions really are if you live in the developed world. According to their analysis, the top four actions that would reduce an individual's carbon footprint are: ditch your car, avoid airplane travel, switch to a plant-based diet and, most radically, have fewer children. To find out more go to The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions.