Tasmania ‘First to Become Carbon Negative’


The new paper, published in Environmental Research Letters, highlighted how storing carbon in forests could tackle climate change.

Tasmania has become one of the first jurisdictions in the world to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions and increase removals to become net carbon negative, according to new research.

The achievement is due to the decrease in the area of Tasmania’s native forests that were logged for pulpwood production. This is a change in forest management that could be applied in other states and territories to bolster Australia’s net emission reductions, experts say.

Lead author Professor Brendan Mackey, Director of Griffith University’s Climate Action Beacon, said forest management could help limit global warming and help the global leaders meet Paris Agreement targets.

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