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.

Forests gain long-awaited recognition in Paris climate summit

The climate change agreement adopted by 195 countries in Paris last week raised the profile of forests in ways never seen before.

In past multilateral environmental conferences, deforestation proved too thorny for nations to reach agreement. Now, however, some of the most heavily forested countries in the world have pledged to fight deforestation and promote forest conservation.

This is a key shift. Cutting emissions from deforestation by leaving forests standing or promoting reforestation is arguably one of the simplest and most ...

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FORESTS – Post Paris

The vital role of forests as climate moderators was endorsed for the first time in the history of climate negotiations. The Paris Agreement also acknowledged action is needed to move away from fossil fuels.

The Federal Government has just agreed to hand $4.7 million to the logging industry to further its research and development work for new markets. This could see a well-funded push towards burning native forests for ...

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High-level danger for forest giants

The tallest trees play a vital role in combating global warming by taking carbon from the atmosphere, but they are at greatest risk from ever-increasing droughts.

LONDON, 14 December, 2015 – When the rains fail, it doesn’t pay to be the tallest tree in the forest. Scientists have confirmed once again that when it comes to staying alive, water is more important than any other nourishment.

The finding is that, as drought strikes ever more frequently in the temperate and tropical forests, the ...

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Climate change plan B: going negative

If world leaders can’t agree to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, technologies that remove carbon from the atmosphere could be our only hope for avoiding extreme climate change. Gregg Borschmann reports.

With global greenhouse gas emissions projected to continue rising for at least the next decade, scientists and policy makers are quietly but increasingly focused on so-called ‘negative emissions’ strategies.

These range from simply planting more trees through to technologies like carbon sequestration and even negative emissions concrete.

They’re all designed to drawn ...

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It’s simple, to solve climate change we must save our forests

A few months ago I shared a photo on my Facebook page with a caption that read We cut down 3 billion trees every year–that’s an area the size of New York City every two days. This future, I do not accept it.”

Immediately, a friend replied “But don’t forget! The U.S. plants 4 million trees every single day!”

The response got me thinking… Understandably, people often group planting trees and reducing deforestation in the same category. I get it. Cutting down ...

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The slow collapse of the world’s forests

It is hoped that the upcoming COP21 climate talks in Paris will produce legally binding limits to emissions of carbon dioxide, country by country. The Earth is already an average of more than one degree warmer than in pre-industrial times. Areas of western North America are 1.5 degrees warmer. The result is widespread death of pines and spruce. Billions of dead trees are found from Alaska all the way down to Mexico. Reese Halter describes the slow collapse of world ...

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