Science and Reports

As well as all the moral and economic arguments against destroying nature and forests, there are also endless research reports and scientific findings that show our governments are deliberately denying empirical evidence. To deny sound, peer reviewed science is as absurd as declaring the world is flat. Environmental arguments are not merely emotional bleatings as industry likes to portray. The reports cited here are merely the tip of the iceberg currently being ignored for political expedience.

What a state we’re in! The State of the Environment report for Victoria

Friday, November 1, 2013

Released in October 2013 the report shows 65% of Victoria’s state forest areas are zoned to be logged. But with unlogged narrow corridors and isolated steep slopes within that zone, it means about 45% can be stripped of its forest and wildlife. Guaranteed though, the entire 65% will be impacted. Here are some other points from the report:

Is the loss of Australian digging mammals contributing to a deterioration in ecosystem function?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Australia’s once common digging mammals that played an important role in ecosystem function, have been largely lost from our landscape. Around half of digging mammal species are now extinct or under conservation threat, and those that still exist have very contracted ranges.

Native forest-based bioenergy projects a climate risk: report

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Native forests are not renewableThere is significant risk in establishing native forest-based bioenergy projects to substitute for Australia’s ailing woodchip export trade, including adverse climate impacts, according to a new report by environment group Markets For Change.

The report, released to coincide with an industry conference in Melbourne called 'Residues to Revenues', questions the push to use forest wood to produce electricity and liquid fuels.

It says such a move would involve loss of carbon stores that would likely take decades or even centuries to recover.

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.

Study finds fungi, not plant matter, responsible for most carbon sequestration in northern forests

Friday, March 29, 2013

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A new study undertaken by a diverse group of scientists in Sweden has found that contrary to popular belief, most of the carbon that is sequestered in northe

The ecological roles of logs in Australian forests

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ground logs are incredibly important in a forests’ ecosystem. They add to the complex habitat for flora and fauna. They are used for nesting and shelter, are fantastic places for invertebrates and therefore feeding stations for reptiles and ground birds, are cosy hibernation hide-outs, are used as above ground ‘highways’ across thick understorey, provide moss havens, fungi haunts and sites for plant germination to mention a few of the many roles of logs.

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.