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What the experts say about the need to protect natural native forests as carbon stores

“…emissions from deforestation are very significant – they are estimated to represent more than 18% of global emissions, a share greater than is produced by the global transport sector.”
“Preserving forests has the co-benefit of protecting a significant proportion of the world’s biodiversity that they contain.”
“Curbing deforestation is a highly cost-effective way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
- Nicholas Stern, The    Economics of Climate Change, 2006)
“Avoiding deforestation in Australia is a large, immediate and perishable opportunity to reduce GHG emissions.” An Australian Cost Curve for Greenhouse Gas Reduction - Stephen Gormer, McKinseys, 2008
“Simulations of carbon storage suggest that conversion of old growth forest to young fast growing forest will not decrease atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in general….. During simulated timber harvest, on-site carbon storage is reduced considerably and does not approach old growth storage capacity for at least 200 years. Even when sequestration of carbon in wooden buildings is included in the models, timber harvest results in a net flux of CO2 to the atmosphere.” Effects on Carbon Storage of Conversion of Old-Growth Forests to Young Forests, Mark E. Harmon; William K. Ferrell; Jerry F. Franklin Science, New Series, Vol. 247, No. 4943. (Feb. 9, 1990), pp. 699-702.
“In Australia, there is considerable potential for sequestering large amounts of carbon through changes in land and forest management and agricultural practices.”-  Interim Report, Garnaut Climate Change Review, 2008
30,697 have joined the GetUp campaign so far for a full carbon assessment of the impact of logging our native forests.
·     Forests are an essential natural mechanism for stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide in the short and long term (Professor Brendan Mackie, ANU)
·       Over 90% of timber extracted from native forest is woodchipped and only 5% of logged trees end up as sawn timber. The method of burning the felled coupes to get rid of the mountains of unusable wood.results in total slaughter of reptiles and other small animals and organisms - a scorched earth policy which completes the vandalism". (Mary E White "Listen.Our Land is Crying")