The climate impact of wild pigs greater than a million cars

20 Jul 2021
Wild pigs
Wild pigs are one of the most widespread invasive species on Earth. Image credit: Fitzroy Basin Association

By uprooting carbon trapped in soil, wild pigs are releasing around 4.9 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually across the globe, the equivalent of 1.1 million cars.

An international team led by researchers from The University of Queensland and The University of Canterbury have used predictive population models, coupled with advanced mapping techniques to pinpoint the climate damage wild pigs are causing across five continents.

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