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Men have a bigger carbon footprint than women, study finds

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Men are responsible for 16% more greenhouse gases than women, a new study from Sweden shows, as they consume more meat and fuel.

(CNN)Gender stereotypes are alive and well and harming our planet, a new study from Sweden shows, as men's passion for meat and cars is making them bigger contributors to greenhouse gases than women.

The study, carried out by research company Ecoloop and published on Monday in the Journal for Industrial Ecology, looked at single men and women living in Sweden and considered their consumption and expenditure on goods such as food, household items, furnishings, holidays and fuel for cars.

The study gave a number of reasons why men are responsible for higher carbon emissions despite spending a similar amount to women.

It said women tended to spend money on "low-emitting products," such as healthcare, furnishings and clothes, while men spent 70% of their money on what the study called "greenhouse gas-intensive items," including fuel for cars.

When it comes to transportation and vacations, single men produce more emissions than women because of their higher car use -- while the study also found that car-based holidays in Sweden are six times more polluting than ones taken by train.

Annika Carlsson-Kanyama, the lead researcher on the study, told CNN that men "could really learn from women's expenditure habits, which produce significantly less carbon emissions despite the similar amount of spending. "

Asmae Ourkiya, a doctoral researcher in ecofeminism and environmental justice at the University of Limerick in Ireland, echoed Carlsson-Kanyama's point about the impact that fixed gender roles -- within which men are more likely to spend their money on cars and fuel and to eat more meat, for example -- have on the environment.

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