As scientists and environmentalists in Australia search for ways to reduce that nation's greenhouse gas emissions, some have suggested killing many of the estimated 1.2 million wild camels that now roam there.
We have to confess to not knowing that: a) there are 1.2 million feral camels in Australia and that the population is expected to reach 2 million by 2020; and b) that they are major contributors to the emission of greenhouse gases.
But the Australian government's Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency has released a long study on the issue.
Apparently, a camel produces an estimated 100 pounds of methane a year, which is about the same as 1.1 ton of carbon dioxide in terms of the greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the report says, they are trampling and eating all sorts of vegetation.Answer Question
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