13 results for tag: Forest Carbon


The Age, Letters & Tandberg – Response to 6 March 2014

The environment Tony Abbott was going to plant trees to combat climate change. Now he threatens them by his cavalier attitude to our national parks. The ''green army'' will face confusion. Jean Tansey, Berwick   I think it is time we sent Mr Abbott the Dr Seuss book The Lorax. Bob Greaves, Mount Eliza   Next Mr Abbott will be telling us the Japanese whalers are the ''ultimate conservationists''. Annie Wilson, Inverloch   Change, variability (''Environment boss quits, drops bucket'', 6/3) … With the documented effects on weather patterns, oceans, ice caps, vegetation and fauna, it is clear that the correct phrase is climate crisis...

Forests more valuable for carbon: former Treasury official?

ABC Radio National RN Breakfast, Friday 21 February 2014 8:17AM Listen now or download - http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/forests-more-valuable-for-carbon-ex-treasury-official/5274300 A former senior Treasury officer has waded into the heated debate about the future of Australia's native forests. Dr. Frances Perkins worked as an economist in Canberra for 30 years for Treasury, the Department of Foreign Affairs and at the ANU. Dr. Perkins has launched a stinging critique of the economics of native forest logging, saying that the forests are more valuable for carbon credits than logged timber. Guests Dr Frances PerkinsEcono...

The decline and fall of the forest’s grand old masters

December 10, 2012. Bridie Smith. http://www.theage.com.au/national/the-decline-and-fall-of-the-forests-grand-old-masters-20121209-2b3ln.html RESEARCHERS have put the globe's big old trees on a par with animals such as whales, lions and tigers that have low populations and are vulnerable to decline. Following a stocktake of the world's large old trees, Australian and American researchers have found that such trees - the largest living organisms on the planet - are declining at all latitudes. ''Just as large-bodied animals such as elephants, tigers and cetaceans [such as whales] have declined drastically in many parts of the world, a growing body of ...

Native woodchipping sector in rapid decline

Warrick Jordan December 29, 2011 http://www.theage.com.au/business/native-woodchipping-sector-in-rapid-decline-20111228-1pcu0.html The aftermath of logging the world's tallest hardwood trees for woodchips in the Styx Valley, Tasmania. Photo: Dean Sewell THE Australian native forest logging industry is in dire straits. The international crash in demand for native forest woodchips has the industry desperately scrambling for replacement markets. While the native-forest sawlog sector will continue, the industrial logging model that has driven environmental destruction and public conflict is in rapid decline. The industry's Plan B is the economically ...

Like a voice in the wilderness

ROSSLYN BEEBY 17 Sep, 2011 12:00 AM http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/opinion/editorial/general/like-a-voice-in-the-wilderness/2295146.aspx?storypage=0# 'Life on earth is inconceivable without trees,'' the great Russian playwright Anton Chekov wrote in a letter to a friend in the late 1880s. ''Forests create climate, climate influences peoples' character, and so on and so forth. There can be neither civilisation nor happiness if forests crash down under the axe.'' And in the first act of Uncle Vanya, there's an environmental monologue, in which the country doctor Mikhail Astrov passionately rails against the destruction of Russia's forests ...

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 ...

How to make money from trees without cutting them down

Paddy Manning. April 23, 2011 http://www.theage.com.au/business/how-to-make-money-from-trees-without-cutting-them-down-20110422-1drho.html REDD Forests, a little company 20 per cent owned by Kathmandu founder Jan Cameron, is proving that threatened native forest in Tasmania can have more value standing than if it was logged, by generating carbon credits. Next week, the first 55,549 verified carbon units approved in this country - each representing a tonne of greenhouse gas emissions saved - will pop up on a register maintained by the Washington-based Verified Carbon Standard. The units would be worth about $700,000 at current market prices of ...

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 ...

Chipping away

Royce Millar and Adam Morton - November 22, 2010 http://www.theage.com.au/national/chipping-away-20101121-182ku.html BOB Brown could have scripted John Brumby's passionate address to an adoring anti-logging rally in Treasury Gardens in 1995. ''An end to native forest woodchips, the protection of our high-conservation value forest areas and an industry which is based in the future on plantations. That's what we want.'' Standing on stage with a head-banded hippie, Brumby, then Victoria's opposition leader, slammed the ''bizarre'' policy that allowed state-owned native trees to be sold for peanuts, chipped, shipped to Japan and sent back as expensive ...

VicForests faces the axe

Leslie White |  November 17, 2010 http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2010/11/17/261211_politics-news.html A RE-ELECTED Labor Government in Victoria would scrap government native forest logging agency VicForests. A new agency which would consider "water, carbon and other forest values" and logging issues would be created instead. Premier John Brumby also pledged $1 million for Tasmanian-style round-table discussions on the future of the industry, however government would not participate despite being responsible for almost all native forest logging in Victoria. Victorian Association of Forest Industries chief executive Philip Dalidakis ...