Tackling the challenge of climate change requires a comprehensive approach by communities and governments – encompassing businesses, the wider economy and individuals. To achieve the necessary cuts to GHG emissions, we must seize all viable opportunities to mitigate emissions and store carbon.

So far the primary focus for emissions reductions within Australia and globally has been the energy, transport and the major industrial emitters. The rationale behind this is clear: the energy sector alone constitutes the vast majority of Australian greenhouse gas emissions – 75% in 2007.

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Barry Traill

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Barry Traill joined Pew in 2007 as director of Outback Australia, a joint program of Pew and the Nature Conservancy. He works with partner organizations to obtain protection for large wilderness areas in Australia on land and sea.Before joining Pew, Traill worked for 25 years as a conservation advocate and scientist for Australian state and national organizations. He dealt with private land conservation issues with Trust for Nature, Victoria and on public land conservation issues with the Victoria National Parks Association, Environment Victoria and the Wilderness Society. He was instrumental in establishing nationally coordinated work on the protection of Australian woodlands, including legislation that sharply reduced deforestation rates in Australia. He was a founder of the Northern Australia Environment Alliance and the Invasive Species Council.Traill holds a bachelor's degree and a Ph.D. in terrestrial ecology from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. View Profile