Climate Change

Vegetarians cool the planet

Monday, March 3, 2008

We know it’s often been scoffed at but it’s true! Even Garnaut reckons so. The final report of the Garnaut Climate Change Review states in off-putting technical language that: "livestock emissions from enteric fermentation releasing methane play a large role in the emissions profile of the agriculture sector. About 34 % of the agricultural emissions of OECD countries is due to livestock emissions"*.
Or in plain language:
Cow and sheep farts account for about a third of developed countries GHG emissions from farming.

Rudd - coal captured!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Kevin Rudd made no commitment to greenhouse gas targets at the Bali Conference.
Instead he said he’d wait until his chosen economist, Prof. Ross Garnaut, produced a report in umpteen months’ time. He needed to see what impact saving the world might have on our business and the economy.

World leaders in bovine poo

Monday, February 18, 2008

BullshitCheck out these two statements on measuring carbon in forests. The first is from a recent draft Federal Government policy paper saying that we can’t measure forest carbon properly yet, so we’ll just ignore it in the overall carbon tally for Australia. The second is from a Federal Government media release saying that Australia is so far advanced in measuring forest carbon that we’ll help the rest of the world.

The Great Carbon Trading Swindle

Friday, February 8, 2008

“Is carbon trading a shallow exercise in carbon-shifting and guilt abatement?”

Forests - a major player in climate calming.

Protecting forests and reforestation could account for 31% of government greenhouse targets set for 2020 according to a report from global heavyweight business consultants McKinsey and Company.

Snags, chops & forests

Monday, February 4, 2008

Animal factory farms have allowed a huge increase in global meat eating in recent years. Assembly-line animal factories use enormous amounts of energy, pollute water supplies, generate greenhouse gases and use mega tonnes of feed grains, which has meant destruction of vast swathes of the world's tropical rainforests to grow them.

Today, we eat twice the amount of meat we ate 45 years ago. In 1961, the world ate 71 million tonnes of animal flesh. In 2007, it was estimated to be 284 million tonnes. Meat production is expected to double again by 2050.

CO2 soaks and storage machines

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The natural diversity of unlogged forests makes them very robust. This healthy resilience is extremely valuable at a time when climate disturbance is impacting more harshly on disturbed environments. But besides being sturdy arks and biological refuges, forests are one of the worlds best carbon capture vessels.

While the world authorities try to work out a method for dealing with forest loss in developing countries, we in the developed countries like Australia, the US and Canada should be urgently setting up a scheme to protect the green carbon in natural forests.

In the land of just cO2Z

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Between 1990 and 2004, emissions from the Australian energy sector grew by 38%. Other developed nations that are parties to Kyoto had a rise of only 5%. Emissions across all sectors will have risen 16% between the time John Howard first took over in 1996 and 2010 (the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol). This is double our Kyoto target. But unlike other countries, our target emissions were actually a rise on 1990 levels.