Climate Change

Carbon Reduction package – a good start

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The carbon pricing scheme announced on the 10th July 2011 ends plans to burn native forest wood ‘waste’ for electricity, as it is not regarded as ‘renewable’. Without the carbon credits for the electricity produced, these planned projects will be economically unviable. Thanks to all those people who wrote and emailed to the government.

It is odd though, that the government acknowledges that logging forests for power generation would add to carbon pollution, but logging forests for woodchips has been left out of the bigger carbon picture.

A hard Act to follow

Friday, November 28, 2008

The government is setting up the bizarre situation where plantations are targeted for carbon storage and native forests for logging. Changes to the Tax Act, together with emissions trading, will threaten native forests even more than they currently are. In November, the Federal Labor government and the Liberals banded together to defend these changes.

Old Growth sucks - CO2

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Contrary to the longstanding view that ageing forests are carbon neutral or even pollute more than they absorb, new evidence shows that forests that reach peak maturity do not stop soaking up and storing carbon.

A team of scientists have recently searched literature and databases for forest carbon-flux estimates. In the 11/8/08 edition of Nature, their paper shows that forests that are between 15 and 800 years of age continue to capture and store carbon. In the past foresters and governments have conveniently claimed that mature forests emit as much carbon as they absorb.

The Carbon-Capture Juggernaut

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Governments and big polluters are claiming to be able to "solve" the global warming problem by capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) and burying it in a big hole a mile underground, hoping it will stay there forever. The plan is called CCS, short for "carbon capture and storage".
This would be the largest hazardous waste disposal project that humans have ever undertaken, and among the most dangerous as well. A large leak could be as dangerous as a leak of nuclear fuel.
A Greenpeace report states that, even if it works, it will arrive too late to do any good.
Here’s why:

Population - the taboo topic

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Everyone alive contributes to the environmental degradation of the world. Those in developed countries like Australia have a larger impact, even while trying to practice a low-impact lifestyle.

Dr Barry Walters is Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetric Medicine at the King Edward Hospital in Perth. He has proposed a baby levy or carbon tax for larger families. His ideas have attracted many negative responses. But what he is saying has merit. Below is an extract of his writings.