Tasmania goes carbon negative, researchers say native forests must be preserved

Tasmania has become one of the first parts of the world to become not just carbon neutral, but carbon negative by reducing logging, researchers say.

Scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) and Griffith University ‘explored’ the national greenhouse gas inventory and looked at each state’s contribution.

They saw that Tasmania had made a “remarkable achievement”.

“Tasmania has gone from being a carbon dioxide emitter to removing more than it emits into the atmosphere,” said Griffith University researcher Brendan Mackey.

ANU Professor David Lindenmayer said “we hear a lot about carbon neutral but not carbon negative”.

“It’s one of the first times on the planet that someone has ever done this kind of inversion,” he said.

Professor Mackey said the forest management change in Tasmania should be followed by other Australian states to reduce emissions.(ABC News: Gregor Salmon)

The researchers then looked at native logging and concluded that the change in carbon footprint could be attributed to the reduction in native logging, meaning that forests would continue to grow, while “removing carbon”. of the atmosphere”.

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