"Since 2015 the Australian government has committed more than $1.5bn of
taxpayer funds to climate change projects that plant or protect native
habitat. Over a slightly longer period it has also spent nearly $62m on
a policy to plant 20 million trees promised under Tony Abbott.
At the same time the country has significantly stepped up land-clearing
programs in several states, bulldozing hundreds of thousands of hectares
of forests, mostly for agriculture.
Official data allows an estimate of the scale of the contrast: little
more than two years of land clearing will effectively cancel out what
the public is spending to avoid 125 million tonnes of carbon dioxide
going into the atmosphere. The equivalent to what has been planted over
several years in the 20 million trees program is wiped out in just six
months of land clearing."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics