Climate Change – the tip toe approach

It’s taken sometime but recent studies confirming the polar icecaps are melting reminded me of the 1968 Tiny Tim song ‘The Other Side”, that  uses the same words in the chorus followed by ‘All the world is drowning, To wash away the sin’

Tiny Tim may have been a bit odd but, other research finding the Arctic permafrost soils are also melting at a faster rate than expected, creating emissions ‘similar to the total rate of logging in all forests around the world’, greatly add to the problems.

At a National scale the Greens have proposed a Senate inquiry to examine the risks of extreme weather events, something I support, having almost finished the last chance disaster (could be anything) shelter, affectionately dubbed ‘the roasting room’.

However, what’s missing from the Greens is acknowledgement of how soils have changed, so they cannot grow and store carbon like it did 200 years ago.

This failure opens the way for the likes of logging industry supporter, Justin Law, to ask questions like the following in yesterdays Bega News.

“If Ms Acton was fair dinkum about supporting the local koala population, why doesn’t she use her influence and wealth to buy up agricultural land in the area suitable for red gum growth and create a habitat koalas might actually thrive in?”

Mr Law also suggests that “The handful that is left is scratching around for young leaves of non-preferred feed species in harvest regrowth, as Robert Bertram’s surveys revealed.”

I’ll probably respond to Mr Law about soils and the reasons why certain trees were retained during logging in the 1980’s but, the last time I was involved in organised koala surveys was around the turn of the century. That’s when I was sacked for requesting genetic analysis of the tablelands koalas, rather going along with the notion that FNSW hadn’t put them there to keep logging going, which of course they did.

Coincidently, SERCA have recently advertised a ‘K2C’ project for the vulnerable Glossy Black Cockatoo, planting Drooping She-oak trees on what they call ‘suitable geology ‘in the same tablelands area.

Linking animals and trees with rock is as far as one can go to ignore soil although there is some benefit from the knowledge that the opposing sides can be quite shameless and when it come to soils, seemingly happy to tip toe though the tulips together.


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