2 results for month: 05/2011


Forest logging a big carbon culprit

Ben Cubby May 24, 2011 http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/forest-logging-a-big-carbon-culprit-20110523-1f0vv.html STOPPING logging in old-growth forests, particularly in southern Australia, is one of the best ways of making timely cuts to Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Climate Commission's first report. Established forests store much more carbon dioxide than plantations, so cutting them down releases more heat-trapping gases, it concluded. ''In general, forests with high carbon storage capacities are those in relatively cool, moist climates that have fast growth coupled with low decomposition rates, and ...

Green paper needs Reflex action

Ben Butler May 30, 2011 http://www.theage.com.au/business/green-paper-needs-reflex-action-20110529-1fatw.html REFLEX, Australia's best-known brand of paper, is set to lose its international green accreditation within the next two months unless its manufacturer can strike an unlikely deal with some of its fiercest enemies. The loss of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification would force Australian Paper, which makes Reflex, to either abandon its public commitment to the FSC process or shift its sourcing from native forests to more expensive plantation timber. News that Australian Paper's international certification is at risk will come as an ...