11 March 2009

UN approves Aussie greenhouse accounts

AAP in Adelaide Now, March 10, 2009 01:37pm

THE United Nations has approved the way Australia calculates its greenhouse gas emissions - although it has found there could be some underestimations.

Member nations have to regularly submit their greenhouse accounts to the UN.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) found Australia's 2008 accounts were generally complete and fitted in with the UN rules.

But the accounts would be more complete if they included all emissions and all absorption of greenhouse gases in Australia, the report found.

The amount of greenhouse gas released by burning savannahs needs more work.

The way emissions from forests and deforestation are calculated needs to be more detailed, and needs to be verified.

And emissions from the burning of biomass could have been underestimated.

The Wilderness Society said the UN report had accused Australia of hiding its emissions from forestry and land clearing.

The report raised a question mark over Australia's underestimations, lack of transparency and lack of completeness, according to the Wilderness Society.

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