Hopes for Outback as a Carbon Sink

Publication: ABC News-Australia

07/14/2010 - TONY EASTLEY: Australia's vast outback is remote and arid but that expansive landscape could also play a cheap and effective role in the nation's fight against climate change.

A new study has found the area from the central west of NSW all the way up to Cape York, and then across the top end and down to the wheat belt in Western Australia, absorbs more than nine and a half billion tonnes of carbon.

And if managed properly, it could reduce carbon pollution by five per cent by 2050.


Patrick O'Leary is from the Pew Environment Group which commissioned the study.

PATRICK O'LEARY: Right now our estimates are that they're about 9.7 billion tonnes of carbon stored in the trees and plants of the outback. So that's in the roots, leaves, stems and so on and about another, well over a billion tonnes can be stored between now and 2050 if we can put into practice the right land management.

Listen to the full story, Hopes for Outback as a Carbon Sink on the ABC News-Australia Web site.

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