Forests and Climate

This short video explains how forests and our climate are so closely connected. Forests are our greatest land based carbon stores, shade the earth, moderate our climate and provide clouds and rainfall.

More information about the link between forests and climate at

Logging forests is a double whammy

Friday, October 11, 2013

intact forests meme

There's no better recipe for long term assurance of fire storms into the future. By logging intact forests, government agencies are releasing hundreds or thousands of years of stored carbon into the atmosphere (adding to climate warming), as well as drying out and altering the structure of a natural forest. This makes them extremely fire prone.

Where has all that carbon gone?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Destruction of the planet’s above ground carbon stocks (as in forests) is a significant source of atmospheric CO2. The report below summarize current understanding about human influences on the global carbon cycle. It shows we need to protect and regrow these land-based carbon storage ‘stocks’ to help mitigate climate change AS WELL AS reduce our burning of stored fossil carbon (underground). But simply planting trees alone won’t achieve much.

The Word For World Really Might Be Forest

Thursday, February 21, 2013

This is fascinating new research.

The idea that forests bring the rain, and cutting them down can affect local weather patterns, is not new. But Russian physicists Makarieva and Gorshkov argue forests also create winds that sweep rain inland, allowing forests to grow far from the coast.
The theory runs that Australia is so dry in large part because we don’t have forests, not the other way around. The last two hundred years has obviously been a big contributor to this, but Aboriginal fire practices appear to have also been significant.

Gillard’s carbon trickery on logging forests

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

If you get confused by all the talk of carbon trading, prices, international negotiations and Kyoto rules, you’re not alone. But here’s an attempt to simplify a part of it. Sadly, forests are still being done over by the latest wheeling and dealing.

Late last year there was the Durban Climate Conference. Countries worked on a system to deal with land use and logging (awkwardly called Land Use Land Use Change and Forestry - LULUCF). But surprise, Australia is trying to rort it. How?

CSIRO - Forests are key carbon soaks

Friday, July 15, 2011

tree CO2 store toonThis is exciting! As one forest campaigner said – formally recognising the carbon potential of forests is a “game changer".

What we have been saying for years has finally been shown to be right by the CSIRO. The world’s intact forests absorb about 1/3rd of our carbon emissions every year. This makes forests the most effective and immediate carbon storage solution we have.

Our Native Forests and Climate Change

Friday, August 13, 2010

Remarkably, Australia's native forests store more carbon pollution than any other forests on Earth. If we protect them, we can immediately reduce emissions and store the pollution from nine coal-fired power stations every year.

There now is a once in a generation opportunity to protect our native forests--a crucial lifeline for our climate. But to do that we have to let the forestry industry and Australian governments at all levels know we're serious about reform.

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EEG tree banner in city march

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A large team of EEG members and supporters created and marched, as part of a crowd of 40,000 people, with a huge yellow banner through the city streets in early December 2009 to highlight the role forests play in the climate solution. Forests are being overlooked in the whole debate, and as France rightly pointed out at Copenhagen, Australia is cooking its carbon accounting books to ignore the CO2 output from logging our native forests.

The banner read "New fandangled - carbon capture - contraption" with a cartoonesque tree and wildlife in the centre.

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.