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They got together on an island: they absorb more carbon dioxide than the people who live there emit into the atmosphere

They got together on an island: they absorb more carbon dioxide than the people who live there emit into the atmosphere

This is called carbon negative and it is not difficult to assemble at all.

What happened?

Australian scientists make important discoveries to combat climate change on local ABC News according to. Scientists at the Australian National University and Griffith University studied Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions to find that the island,

Tasmania has achieved “significant results” because it absorbs more carbon dioxide than it emits into the air.

Large number: 22 million tons

Scientists estimate that Tasmania has not simply become carbon neutral, but is absorbing 22 million tons more carbon dioxide than is released into the atmosphere from its territory.

“We hear a lot about carbon neutrality but hardly about carbon negativity. This is the first time on the planet that someone has made such a detour,” said David Lindenmeier, a professor at the National University of Australia.

How was it achieved?

Experts agree that the key to carbon negativity is the forests in Tasmania. Between 2011 and 2012, the number of falls dropped dramatically. This will still be very important, says Griffith University researcher Brendan Mackie and believes that Tasmania’s need for wood can be met without harming the forests, with farms set up specifically for this.

“We can only produce the amount of wood we need with a little more investment,” he said.

An important addition, however, is that scientists say that Tasmania has so far been among the least polluted regions because it covers a significant portion of its energy needs from hydropower. Which, by the way, is by no means certain very green.

Tasmania’s reputation was rooted in the bag demon, but it may now be in the spotlight for something else. Photo: Matthias Abel/Flickr

What’s Next?

The Forestry Organization of Tasmania also agrees with scientists that the island has a sustainable forest management strategy. Mackey said Tasmania’s model should be followed by other Australian states to reduce their emissions.

“It is essential to protect and expand our natural forest ecosystem, and the resulting reductions in emissions are properly interpreted to achieve rapid and large-scale emission reductions in the next critical decade,” Mackey said.

How big is Australia?

Australia private accounts according to It is at the forefront of the world when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. In 2020, Australians released 499 million tons of carbon dioxide, down 5% from the previous year (apparently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, less carbon was released globally).

However, they were ranked 14th among the largest emitters in the world.

In proportion, most of Australia’s carbon comes from fossil fuels burned for electricity generation (33.6 percent), residential, industrial and commercial energy use (20.4 percent), and transportation and shipping (17.6 percent).

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