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Bison Help Climate Crisis

Bison in the Tarcu mountains of Romania are serving as unlikely heroes when it comes to fighting the climate crisis. Research from the Yale School of the Environment studying this specific herd found that these European bison are able to capture an extraordinary amount of carbon from the atmosphere. The herd of 170 bison living in Romania can store carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to removing 43,000 cars from the roads for an entire year. As a keystone species, bison have a great influence on the forest ecosystems by evenly grazing grass, recycling nutrients to fertilize the soil, and compacting the soil to prevent carbon from emitting. The research opens up a variety of new options for combating climate change and carbon emissions, including utilizing animals as a resource. 

Image via The Guardian 


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