Earlier this week, the IPCC released their latest report. According to the intergovernmental body, it represents the current scientific evidence on climate change—everything from its causes to the best opportunities for mitigation and adaptation.
Like every other IPCC report, this one wasn’t published until delegates from countries around the world had a chance to suggest changes. And some of those changes were significant.
According to leaked documents, meat and fossil fuel producing countries successfully lobbied for changes that are, in many cases, in direct conflict with scientific evidence.
In one instance, delegates from Brazil and Argentina successfully removed any mention of the negative impacts of meat on the environment. They also removed recommendations that people in wealthy countries reduce their meat consumption and shift their diets to include more plant-based foods.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s delegates made changes throughout the report to position carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a climate solution on par with renewable energy.