When I first heard this story I thought it was a spoof. But no.
The Northern Territory Government is funding a university study to measure the impact of Australia’s wild camel population on climate change.
Charles Darwin University has been funded for the year-long study to monitor the impact of the wild camel herd on the carbon cycle.
It is estimated that more than one million camels are roaming the country’s arid regions.
The study will monitor carbon emissions and sequestration, in particular, looking at camel flatulence and the greenhouse gas effect created by decomposing carcasses.
The university says Indigenous people in remote communities will be involved in the project on Aboriginal land.
It is expected to shed light on the environmental impact of techniques for camel management, like animal culling.