Qld land clearing brings leap in carbon emissions

CARBON emissions linked to land use have jumped 79% in the past three years, driven largely by land clearing practices in Queensland.

New federal emissions figures showed the amount of land-sector carbon emissions rose from about 13 million tonnes in 2012 to 23 million tonnes in 2015.

The data showed emissions linked to land clearing rising 10 times faster than emission-intensive industries such as manufacturing, agriculture and mining.

A second report released by the Wilderness Societt on Monday showed emissions linked to tree-clearing could reach 55 million tonnes a year this year.

That figure followed Queensland's tree clearing almost doubling - from 153,646ha in 2011-12 to 296,324ha in 2013-14 - since the Newman Government rolled back Labor reforms.

Wilderness Society national director Lyndon Schneiders said tree clearing essentially negated $670 million of tree planting by the federal emissions reductions fund.

Topics:  carbon emissions climate change environment land clearing land use queensland trees

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