The researchers say that furniture is potentially a major cause of climate change and that species need to be balanced, suggesting that it is “one of the largest potential sources of carbon emissions from forested parts of Norway”.
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology studied moose in Norwegian forests for several years and concluded that the species has a significant impact on vegetation growth and is changing the carbon cycle by eating tree saplings. “Moose is an ecosystem engineer of the forest ecosystem, and has a very strong influence on the species composition and the availability of nutrients in the forest. A grown animal can eat 50 kilograms of biomass every day in the summer,” Gunnar Austrheim, an ecologist at NTNU University. The museum said in a press release.
Moose tend to eat young birches and saplings in clear forests, an act researchers say allows the ungulates to “swallow” potential carbon storage in the trees.
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Some scientists believe that moose are the leading cause of climate change. (Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures)
“It was really surprising to see how much moose can affect vegetation growth, the carbon cycle and the climate system,” NTNU Industrial Ecology (IndEcol) researcher Xiangping Hu said in the release.
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The study also said that moose were not only bad for the climate, but also helped the forestry industry.
The suggested solution to the latest theory of climate change was to balance moose numbers and forest management in an effort to limit CO2 emissions. “We don’t just regulate the number of animals, we very carefully regulate the proportion of females, rams and calves. So moose management is more robust than for most livestock in Norway,” said IndEcol Program Director Francesco Cherubini. “I think that as we better understand how all these different things relate, land managers can come up with an optimal plan. That can be a much-needed win-win solution for climate, biodiversity and timber value.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has previously said that “farting cows” were contributing to climate change. (CSPAN)
The moose is not the first climate activist animal to be called a potential climate threat after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) linked “cow farting” to causing climate change.
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In 2019, the congressman suggested that “we shouldn’t eat hamburgers for breakfast, lunch and dinner” in an effort to reduce carbon emissions from cows.
“We’ve set a goal of net zero emissions in 10 years because we’re not sure we’ll be able to get rid of cows and airplanes that fast,” Ocasio-Cortez’s frequency page. To read the Green New Deal.
Aubrie Spady is a freelance production assistant at Fox News Digital.