Queensland is currently Australia’s hotspot for land clearing, accounting for between 50-65% of native forest loss in Australia over the past four decades, and generating millions of tonnes of greenhouse pollution.
The Climate Council’s report “Climate Change and Land Clearing: Risks and Opportunities in the Sunshine State’’, shows that more than one million hectares of woody vegetation, an area more than seven times larger than the size of Queensland’s capital of Brisbane, was cleared between 2012 and 2016.
In May this year, the Queensland Government took a significant step forward, passing new land-clearing laws that will strengthen the Sunshine’s State’s protection of vegetation, a move that will also do good things when it comes to tackling climate change.
But how does land clearing affect climate change? We speak to Climate Councillor and climate scientist Professor Will Steffen to break down how clearing impacts greenhouse gas pollution levels here in Australia.
Presented by Alexia Boland.