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

Victoria’s forests - world’s most carbon rich.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The rich, wet undisturbed forests of Victoria hold over 2,000 tonnes of carbon per hectare in the above-ground biomass.These are astronomical numbers that are far larger than the 90 tonnes the International Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) was using as the default value. The forests of SE Australia, Tasmania and Queensland have an extremely important carbon offset role in a country like Australia, which is one of the biggest coal and iron ore exporters anywhere on the planet.

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.

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.

Forests and Climate Change - A Convenient Truth?

Friday, November 23, 2007

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.
Here is a short trailer for a 15 minute video by the Forestry Commission of Great Britain on the interaction between Earth's forests and our climate.

Carbon calculations

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The scientific principle behind biomass is the carbon cycle. When they grow, plants absorb carbon dioxide - one carbon and two oxygen atoms (CO2 ). The carbon (C) builds tissues and feeds the plant while the oxygen (O2 ) is released. When plant material is logged and burned, or rots, the carbon recombines with oxygen. The resulting CO2 is released back into the atmosphere. This is roughly three times heavier than carbon, leading to some confusion between tonnes of carbon versus tonnes of CO2 .