Australia will need to create a wildlife corridor spanning the continent to allow animals and plants to move to cope with the effects of global warming. The impacts of climate change should be less severe in systems that remain intact and healthy.
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.
We can expect the logging fraternity and their friends in government to frantically paint themselves as having a major role to play in combating climate change. Joe Helper, the Victorian Minister for Agriculture, said new carbon trading markets and the consequent value given to carbon soaks could be big business for our logging companies.
In March 2007, Minister Helper gave the opening address to a seminar that was sponsored by the woodchip/paper company, Australian Paper (remember the A Team?) and the Victorian Association of Forest Industries. He said that:
Despite a promise to protect old growth forests that link the Errinundra and Snowy parks, logging crews were clearfelling 30ha of giant trees in a protected area that Premier Bracks had promised would get "immediate protection".
The public relations elite are brainstorming ways to keep what they call the "crazy little old ladies" and "gays who do naughty things to whales" quiet. Industry and government representatives have paid $600 each to learn the tricks of the trade from Canadian PR consultant, Ross Irvine, the self-styled Svengali of anti-activist activism.
A quick click on the Environment Protection Authority's website, and one is presented with an echidna claiming litterers are "going to get stung", because littering damages the environment. Click a little further and you find another report about damage to the environment. The report is an audit by the EPA entitled Timber Production on Public Land 2005. The echidna would not be happy with what is found inside.
The Australian Environment Foundation fell flat on its face right from the start. Even the gullible and tame journalists from rural media didn't swallow their lines.
A well-known woodchipping industry supporter and lobbyist, Kirsten Gentle, launched a US style front group on World Environment Day. The attempt to mimic a highly respected national environment group, the Aust Conservation Foundation, didn't fool anyone.