Humans needs to drastically reduce the amount of meat they consume over the 10 years to prevent climate change spiralling out of control, scientists have warned.
In an open letter sent to the prestigious Lancet journal, a team of academics from around the world call on 'high and middle income countries' to hit 'peak meat' by 2030 as it is 'necessary' in order to halt the climate emergency.
This would mean that, by the end of the incoming decade, the number of livestock around the world should have peaked and started to decline.
The letter sets out a four-part plan, which scientists say will greatly help meet climate targets outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement.
They believe that within the next 10 years it will become essential for humanity to move away from eating animals and rely more on vegetarian alternatives.