February 2015 - Rivers of Carbon

  • Calculating carbon stocks: the value of carbon in boreal forest soils and peat

    This post is from Corey Bradshaw’s ‘Conservation Bytes’, published 23rd Feb 2015. Many consider forests as the ‘lungs’ of the planet – the idea that trees and other plants take up carbon and produce oxygen (the carbon and oxygen cycles). If we are to be fair though, the oceans store about 93% of the Earth’s […]

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  • The science of climate change: Questions and Answers

    The Australian Academy of Science has released its latest update on the state of climate science, warning of the consequences for Australia if no action is taken to address human-induced climate change. The science of climate change: Questions and Answers aims to counter confusion and misinformation on this important scientific topic. It examines nine key […]

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  • Protect primary forests first, reforest and restore second….

    All too often, administrators in government and industry push for ‘biodiversity offsets’ – clearing a forest patch in one area for development, while reforesting a degraded patch in another area. The problem is, we cannot simply replace primary forests and hope to maintain biodiversity, long-term carbon storage and resilience. You can’t recreate a perfectly functioning, […]

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  • Assessing wetlands and appreciating all their values – new learnings from Queensland

    Wetlands and adjoining riparian communities are an essential part of catchments, and play a vital role in water quality improvement, as well as being hotspots for biodiversity.  They are also becoming increasingly recognised as existing and potential ‘sinks’ for sequestering carbon.  In Queensland, wetlands are essential for maintaining the health of the Great Barrier Reef.  The Queensland Wetlands […]

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