An appalling new study confirms that men are more significant polluters than women, but the reason may shock you.
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Data shows that men are in charge of 16% more greenhouse gas emissions than women. The study reported that men are spending more on diesel and gas for their cars, according to the Guardian.
However, researchers did not include work vehicle fuel in the data, including taxis and employment vans.
While the study reported the emission difference in gender, it didn’t share the difference in the amount of money single men and women spend on emission-making purchases.
“The way they spend is very stereotypical — women spend more money on home decoration, health and clothes and men spend more money on fuel for cars, eating out, alcohol and tobacco,” study author Annika Carlsson Kanyama told the publication of her research, which was published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology.
For both men and women, vacations were the most significant source of their emissions, followed by transport for men and food for women.
Scientists found that exchanging meat and dairy for plant-based foods and switching to trains, rather than using planes or cars, cut people’s emissions by 40%.
In the study, vacations are considered for about a third of emissions for both men and women.
“That is a lot more than I expected,” said Carlsson Kanyama. The study used data for single people because figures for individuals living in families were not available.
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