Forests are the largest land based carbon capture and storage devices the planet has, yet are being destroyed globally at an alarming rate. Forests are a major climate moderation solution. All logging of native forests should cease and forest restoration must be a high priority to begin drawing down the hundreds of hears of carbon which is lost when a forest is clearfelled and burnt.

Howard’s climate change

At 2003, Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions had risen by 23.3% on 1990 levels.

This is well above the eight per cent growth limit Australia negotiated as part of the Kyoto Protocol.

This was revealed in a report, released by the United Nations ahead of the international climate conference in Montreal held in late November.

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The psychology of denial

British environmentalist George Monbiot has documented the four stages of denial experienced by the climate change nay-sayers. First they said that climate change didn’t exist. Then that it wasn’t caused by human activity. As the proof of human involvement became overwhelming, they switched to saying that climate change would bring some benefits. Now most are saying that it’s simply too late to act to avert climate change, so let’s do nothing. Of course, they are dangerously wrong on all counts.[Herald-Sun ...

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New State project to assist hurricanes

While the people of New Orleans were still being rescued ten days after cyclone Katrina, and thousands of bodies still remained to be identified, our own Mr Bracks made a very considered, significant and irresponsible decision. After a two year process negotiating with the private owners of Hazelwood, he has allowed the developed world’s dirtiest power station, Hazelwood, to continue operating for another 25 years!

The deadly cyclone Katrina was intensified by the warmer waters of the gulf … which was ...

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Gum tree disease linked to carbon dioxide

Researchers in Victoria have uncovered crucial links between the eucalypt disease Mundulla Yellows which is spreading from the west, and carbon dioxide in the air.

The phenomenon, named after the tiny South Australian town where it was first found, has been responsible for the deaths of thousands of trees across the country.

Dr Rosa Crnov from the Victorian Institute of Horticultural Development said the disease was originally thought to be caused by a virus but recent research suggests rising carbon dioxide levels ...

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