Latest scheme to cut CO2: Cull Farting Feral Animals...
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CULLING the feral animals that burp and fart their way around Australia's outback could eliminate billions of tonnes of carbon emissions, an environmental group says.
A study commissioned by the Nature Conservancy and the Pew Environment Group has found that 9.7 billion tonnes of carbon is stored in the nation's central forests, grass and woodlands.
But through better land management, such as culling wild animals, reducing wildfires, limiting tree clearing and allowing vegetation to regrow, another 1.3 billion tonnes of carbon could be stored by 2050 - the equivalent of taking 7.5 million cars off the road every year for the next 40.
Pew spokesman Barry Traill said a program of culling feral camels was already underway, but needed to be extended.
"When feral animals belch they release methane, a particularly noxious greenhouse gas, and every single camel or water buffalo releases the equivalent of around one tonne of carbon dioxide each year,'' he told reporters in Canberra.
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"When you've got hundreds of thousands, in some cases millions, of these feral animals, it's a very large amount of pollution each year.''
Dr Traill said the practical and inexpensive measures should be part of all political parties climate change policies.