The javaporcos, also called feral pigs, are causing serious environmental problems around the world and there is no consensus among experts on what to do to alleviate or resolve this issue. These animals, which are hybrids of wild boar with domestic pigs, have destroyed crops around the world and have even reached Fukushima.

But in addition to the economic damage caused to farmers, these animals are also causing serious environmental problems. This is because animals, tools or anything based on the ground tends to release sequestered carbon In the atmosphere. This is a natural step in the so-called carbon cycle.

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Javapigs have already reached Fukushima. Image: WildMedia/Shutterstock

Because they are animals that reproduce quickly and spread at a frightening speed, java-pigs end up releasing a large amount of greenhouse gases as their populations grow and invade new areas.

Critical situation

Some simulations suggest that javaporcos already release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than a million cars each year. One of these models was built by researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia, and published last Monday (19) in the scientific journal Global Change Biology.

To make matters worse, experts believe that most of the world's wild boars are concentrated in areas that have carbonaceous soil. Furthermore, scientists believe that the javaporcos' climate impact has been underestimated, as some agricultural areas were not considered in the study.

This option was made because these areas are already emitting carbon dioxide through agricultural machinery, for example, and the researchers did not want to count their emissions twice in the same study. "This pest is expanding, and they could potentially be expanding into areas with high carbon stocks," said study author Christopher O'Bryan.

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So far, several approaches have been tried to deal with javaporcos, but none has proven to be really effective, besides, none of the options that have been tried have been good for the planet. “If we get into a helicopter and go shoot them, or build fences, that causes emissions,” he told the magazine. "Therefore, we have to take these offsets into account."

With information from Futurism

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