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New Zealand Proposes Taxing Cow Burps, Angering Farmers

There are just 5 million people in New Zealand but some 10 million beef and dairy cattle and 26 million sheep.

There are just 5 million people in New Zealand but some 10 million beef and dairy cattle and 26 million sheep.

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Wellington, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand's government on Tuesday proposed taxing the greenhouse gasses that farm animals make from burping and peeing as part of a plan to tackle climate change.

The government said the farm levy would be a world first, and that farmers should be able to recoup the cost by charging more for climate-friendly products.