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Study shows Australia's outback is the key to cutting emissions

07-15-2010 08:43 BJT

CANBERRA, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Australia's outback on Wednesday has been identified as a vast "pollution bank" that could be used to store 1.3 billion tonnes of carbon by 2050.

A study commissioned by The Nature Conservancy and the Pew Environment Group has found that 9.7 billion tonnes of carbon was stored in the forests, grasslands and woodlands of Australia's outback.

But if those environments were improved, more carbon could be stored - the equivalent of 7.5 million cars off the road every year for the next 40 years.

Pew's Dr Barry Traill said improvements included better fire and grazing management, feral animal control, reducing land clearing and regrowing native vegetation.

"We can achieve a better future for our endangered animals, security for our natural heritage and a safer climate for a price tag of much less than 20 dollars (17.68 U.S. dollars) per tonne of climate pollution," Traill told Australian Associated Press.

The Nature Conservancy's Dr Michael Looker described the strategy as a "win-win-win", which preserve the outback, create jobs and cut pollution.

"We have a logical and inexpensive way to cut emissions right in our own backyard," he said.

The study, to be released in Canberra at 10am (AEST) on Wednesday, said improving land practices in the outback could cut Australia's greenhouse emissions by five percent by 2030.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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