Category Archives: trees

Forests used and abused in the name of climate action

Governments claiming to be “meeting and beating” emissions targets are getting away with daylight robbery. For decades, statistics around forests, forestry and land-clearing have been the blunt instrument of choice to support all sides of the climate debate in Australia. … Continue reading

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After Trump, any climate plan is a relief

Matthew Groom’s “Climate Action 21” is clearly deficient, but it’s all we have. Highly predictable and monumentally dumb: that was the decision by the American president to turn his back on our faltering collective effort to contain greenhouse emissions. Equally … Continue reading

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Learning the lessons of Black Tuesday

We have learned a great deal since February 1967, but that doesn’t include how to curb our damaging carbon emissions. This has been as near to perfect a Tasmanian summer as I can imagine. Rain when you need it but … Continue reading

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