Climate Change Warning As PNG Forests 'Are Being Cleared Faster Than Thought'

London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 24, 2009 -- The rate at which commercially accessible forests in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are being cleared is higher than first thought, it has been revealed. Research which appears in the journal Biotropica shows a net 15 per cent of Papua New Guinea`s rainforests were cleared between 1972 and 2002, while degradation caused by logging accounted for a further 8.8 per cent. This equates to a clearance rate of 1.1 to 3.4 per cent a year for commercially accessible forests, something which will have a significant impact on climate change in both a localised and global context. As a result, Dr Glen Barry, a spokesperson on behalf of environmental sustainability policy, has questioned whether Papua New Guinea`s government is doing enough to ensure the country`s rainforests warrant international handouts to cover their usage as carbon storage. `You cannot industrially log, and clear forests for biofuels, and expect to receive avoided deforestation payments,` Dr Barry commented.`As a nation Papua New Guinea is going to have to choose between continued once off rainforest destruction, mostly for foreign advantage, or being paid more, essentially forever, for maintaining the national and global benefits of fully intact rainforests. `Papua New Guinea lies to the north of Queensland, Australia and to the east of Indonesia.

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Press Release Submitted On: February 24, 2009 at 10:27 am
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