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Forest carbon analysis shows forests worth more standing up

Australia's first comprehensive analysis of Tasmania's entire forest carbon storage capacity, launched today by Tasmanian Greens Minister for Climate Change Cassy O'Connor, shows that our forests are worth more standing up than logged.

The new research shows that as a baseline, Tasmania's forests could hold between 3 and 4.4 billion tonnes of C02 equivalent, and reducing the timber harvesting rates would significantly increase the rate of carbon sequestration.

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Illegal logging bill a step in the right direction

Christine Milne 20 Aug 2012

 

The Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill passed through the House of Representatives today is a step in the right direction to curbing the illegal timber trade, but more needs to be done to strengthen the legislation to really stop the illegal destruction of our planet's remaining forests.

 

The Greens are calling for a clearer definition of illegal logging, solid criteria for due diligence on timber sources and better assessing and reporting compliance in the legislation.

 

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Gunns' pulp mill dead in the water

The Gunns statement to the Australian stock exchange today confirms that the Tamar Valley pulp mill is dead in the water and is not now or has ever been economically viable, the Australian Greens said today

 

Tasmania now faces Gunns conducting a clearing out sale as Mr L' Estrange oversees the writing down of assets in an attempt to salvage the company.

 

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Senator Christine Milne Press Conference

Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne, held a press conference in Hobart today calling for an increase in the Renewable Energy Target (RET), Tony Abbott's refusal to join the multi-party reference group on asylum seeker policy, Labor's attack on progressive voters and Afghanistan.

She also commented on Miranda Gibson, who has set a new Australian record on her 209th day in the Observer Tree.

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