Animals may help ecosystems store 3 times more carbon than we thought

Elephants boost carbon storage by trampling and grazing on small trees

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Animals may enable many ecosystems to store two to three times as much carbon as they would without them, according to a new model. This suggests animals may play a much more important role in how much carbon is stored and released than previously thought.

“Animals do a lot of different things,” says Matteo Rizzuto at Yale University. “They move around. They urinate. They defecate. They give birth. They die. And all of those things are part of the…

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