24 June, 2009

LETTER: If a tree falls …

John Hayward, Weegena, Tasmania
Letter to the editor, The Age, 24 June 2009

WE WILL know the world is truly past the climate-change tipping point when we stop seeing letters from foresters claiming that their regrowth plantations are better carbon sinks than mountain ash forests (Letters, 23/6).

Also disappearing at that point will probably be their argument that old-growth forests need harvesting to save them from becoming merely ash, despite their obviously superior fire survival rates.

The last survivors will probably be ministers for forests, tucked safely down the deep pockets of the industry's lobbyists.

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