The Sceptic Tank has oft heard from his green colleagues that humans are responsible for polluting the environment, warming the planet, and burning through natural resources in a totally unsustainable and irresponsible manner.
But it turns out they were wrong: it's not us, it's the camels. Or so says the Australian government.
The country that brought you Rolf Harris, most of the bar staff in London, and those two goofballs doling out advice over cans of Fosters has released a consultation on killing camels to earn carbon credits.
They're actually dromedaries, but whatever you want to call them, it seems there are over a million of the humped beasties populating Australia's central desert region. And when it comes to temperament they have more in common with Russell Crowe than Kylie: trampling vegetation, damaging watering holes, and generally out-competing native species for food.
More importantly, a camel's digestive tract produces around a tonne of methane a year, which has prompted Adelaide-based Northwest Carbon, a carbon project developer, to propose an emissions cutting culling programme.
If ratified, the scheme could generate 18 million carbon credits, with more than 650,000 credits created during each of the initial years of the programme.
It seems like a lot of dead camels, and we can't even begin to fathom the ethical labyrinth the whole scheme throws up. In short, is it right to kill a camel to save the planet?
All we do know is that, in the interest of resource efficiency (vegans may wish to cover their ears at this point), it is only logical that, if the scheme does get the go ahead, the resulting resource really should end up on the famous Aussie barbecue!
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