Climate Change

Don't be CO2nned

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Offsets equals guilt free pollution

As a cheap and easy option to reduce their contribution to global warming, many companies and governments have been looking at 'carbon offsets'. But offsets in the form of planting new trees only helps cancel out emissions from forest destruction and fossil fuel burning that's already occurred - carbon that's already in the air. They are wrongly portrayed as 'offsets' that allow more logging and burning of fossil fuels. This method of carbon accounting is easy to manipulate to benefit the polluters.

Offsets equal guilt-free pollution

Saturday, July 14, 2007

As a cheap and easy option to reduce their contribution to global warming, many companies and governments have been looking at 'carbon offsets'. But offsets in the form of planting new trees only helps cancel out emissions from forest destruction and fossil fuel burning that’s already occurred - carbon that’s already in the air. They are wrongly portrayed as ‘offsets’ that allow more logging and burning of fossil fuels. This method of carbon accounting is easy to manipulate to benefit the polluters.

A convenient myth

Saturday, July 14, 2007

The logging industry is currently in overdrive trying to make logging look like a positive effort in the fight against global warming. Forests are one of our greatest carbon stores. They have taken hundreds of years to amass the 700 -1,200 plus tonnes of carbon per hectare. Cutting them down only secures about 3 to 5% of the forest’s total carbon biomass into sawn timber The rest is woodchipped for short-lived products like packaging and paper and cremated in high intensity post-logging management burns. So about 95% ends up in the atmosphere helping to warm and dry our planet.

Carbon horse-trading

Saturday, June 9, 2007

We have to be very careful of applauding carbon-trading schemes as the solution to reducing emissions. The NSW government's greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme is so flawed some participants are rewarded for 'cutting pollution' when their emissions have in fact increased.

Researchers at the University of NSW showed two Queensland coal-fired power stations earned millions of dollars under the scheme, even though they spewed forth an extra 9 million tonnes of pollution a year.

Howard - cautious about putting out the planet's fire

Monday, June 4, 2007

The Prime Minister's stacked Emissions Trading Task Group is comprised of airline, coal, banking, aluminium and mining interests, as well as hand-picked bureaucrats. What's missing is any objectivity - there was not a single scientist, enviro rep. or independent person. The terms of reference required the group to protect the coal and uranium industries at any cost, so it was no surprise that their report recommended protection for the biggest polluters. This was dressed up as 'caution' on climate protection.

Forests - the climate repair kit

Monday, May 14, 2007

Ending logging is the fastest and cheapest solution to climate change. Logging and forest destruction is now recognised as one of the main causes of climate change. In the next 24 hours, world deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York.
Climate repair kit
According to a report published in mid May by an alliance of leading rainforest scientists known as the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), deforestation accounts for up to 25% of greenhouse gases, while transport and industry account for 14% each, and aviation contributes only 3% of the total.

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