Federal government spends $1.4 billion planting trees while land clearing continues

April 22, 2017

The federal government announced on April 13 the Emissions Reduction Fund had spent another $133 million on carbon emissions abatement.

This included about $100 million on planting trees to save the equivalent of 8.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

At the same time the states permit land clearing and deforestation that emits millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and is responsible for 8% of Australia’s emissions.

The Emissions Reduction Fund has now spent more than $1.4 billion on planting and preserving trees to save 122 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, which is less than the 150 million tonnes emitted from just three years of land clearing in Australia.

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