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Australia wants to plant 1 billion trees by 2050

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a plan to plant 1 billion trees as part of nine forestry hubs across the country by 2030. He made the announcement while visiting a forest nursery in the town of Somerset, Tasmania, which will be a site of one of the hubs.
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This is really misleading on what Australia is doing to combat climate change. The federal government has backwards policies and deniers in senior positions. They won’t put a price on carbon and they won’t acknowledge that the planet is dying because of what humans are doing. Australia can not be used as an aspiration on this. We just can’t.
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Australia have also just agree to dump a load of waste around a coral reef....
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What a load of bull! We are cutting trees down left, right and centre...sending koalas and other animals on the way to extinction!
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If it is all mono-culture plantations for commercial forestry, it will not do much for the natural environment and will not permanently sequester carbon. If it could at least be combines with the production of bio-char from the waste wood and brash, some of the carbon captured in the trees could be permanently sequestered in the soil by using bio-char as a soil improver in the plantations. Dense plantations of trees not native to the region or country might replace more ecologically diverse habitats and eco-systems. They can also produce severe fire risks. You can see this in Spain and Portugal, where the areas with the most serious wildfires are those that have vast areas of commercial forestry plantations of non-native and highly flammable trees such as eucalyptus and pines.
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It's a nice touch for CO2 recycling, and yes, we will plant our billion"trees".
But in the process of producing these economic monocultures, we will continue clearing the native biodiversity for arable land, destroying our precious flora and fauna...
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If only people would stop clearing so many trees! It happens with new housing developments; it happens with new roads; it happens on large farms; it happens on so many of the subdivided farms when people buy them to have a rural life and then knock down a whole lot of trees. If all this was not happening continuously we wouldn't have to worry about trying to plant all these trees - and they will take so long to grow. The clearing of trees will continue at a faster rate than we can ever replace them.
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if Australia needs a quick solution that will produce fuel reduce co2 and yield vast amounts of fiber for paper etc they should be growing hemp . its a weed grows on crappy soil and produces a good crop in 6 months not 40 years, trees are also vital but hemp is a booming industry here in Canada
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Australia could do more and should do more...New Zealand wants to plant a billion and they are much smaller...
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Many years ago there was a plan to paint a 100 km or larger circle of tar in the middle of desert Australia. The idea was it would cause the air above it to heat up and quickly rise. This would create low pressure that would pull in wet sea air from the coasts which would presumably fall as rain. I wonder what happened to that idea and why I haven't heard of it since?
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We are the third faster logging forest in the world especially exporting to neighborhood. Shame as we can be sustainable and preserve ourselves for future generation.
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To grow trees and plant's you need water. Until our Government dose something about putting line pipelines to divert water from the flood areas to dry river systems to Drought proof Australia this will continue to happen. It's been in the planning since 1930s. Still not one Government has even attempted to do anything. Plenty of money to help overseas countries but Nothing to help our own problems.
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So much left unsaid, so much to read between the lines. Which govt will achieve the desired results? Which govt will plant those trees, allow water to flow into dehydrated rivers, stem the burning of coal?? NOT THIS ONE.
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