Forests and Climate

This short video explains how forests and our climate are so closely connected. Forests are our greatest land based carbon stores, shade the earth, moderate our climate and provide clouds and rainfall.

More information about the link between forests and climate at www.forestsandclimate.net

Under What Circumstances Do Wood Products from Native Forests Benefit Climate Change Mitigation?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Climate change mitigation benefits from the land sector are not being fully realised because of uncertainty and controversy about the role of native forest management. The dominant policy view, as stated in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, is that sustainable forest harvesting yielding wood products, generates the largest mitigation benefit. We demonstrate that changing native forest management from commercial harvesting to conservation can make an important contribution to mitigation.

Valuing Victoria's Parks

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

This new government report details the ecosystem services provided by the states parks and reserves. It includes the water and carbon values, biodiversity protection, recreational benefits and employment, and loads more. If this is what a small section of Victoria’s natural areas can offer – just imagine how much more benefit we would get from protecting all natural areas from logging and exploitation.

Just one small section states that:

Paul Stamets - How Mushrooms Can Save Bees & Our Food Supply

Monday, November 3, 2014

In this 6th Age of Extinctions, the biosphere’s life-support systems that have allowed humans to ascend are collapsing. Visionary mycological researcher/inventor Paul Stamets illuminates how fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer uniquely powerful, practical solutions we can implement now to boost the biosphere’s immune system and equip us with benign breakthrough mycotechnologies to accelerate the transition to a restored world.

This speech was given at the 2014 Bioneers Annual Conference.

Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This research paper from 2009 looks at a number of tipping points where we could see a point of no return for continents and the globe. Our planet’s biodiversity loss, climate change, ocean acidification, ozone damage and fresh water use are just some of the serious environmental threats these scientists look at. It is even more relevant now and a lot more urgent for governments across the globe to take heed of this unequivocal science.

Managing temperate forests for carbon storage

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Management of native forests offers opportunities to store more carbon in the land sector through two main activities. Emissions to the atmosphere can be avoided by ceasing logging. Removals of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere can be increased by allowing forests to continue growing. However, the relative benefits for carbon storage of managing native forests for wood production versus protection are contested. Additionally, the potential for carbon storage is impacted upon by disturbance events, such as wildfire, that alter the amount and longevity of carbon stocks.

Carbon accumulation in large trees

Thursday, March 27, 2014

This research counters the logging industry argument that a young post-logging regrowth forest (and plantations) accumulate more carbon than a natural mature forest. It highlights the importance of old large trees in the carbon cycle.

Read the research PDF at 2014_March-tree-growth_Nature.pdf

 

Rate of tree carbon accumulation increases continuously with tree size

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Forests are major components of the global carbon cycle, providing substantial feedback to atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations1. Our ability to understand and predict changes in the forest carbon cycle—particularly net primary productivity and carbon storage—increasingly relies on models that represent biological processes across several scales of biological organization, from tree leaves to forest stands2, 3.

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