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CSIRO report suggests agriculture is a key source of sequestration/mitigation

- Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The CSIRO has released a new study suggesting that the agriculture sector in Queensland could provide 140 million tonnes of greenhouse abatement or mitigation per year, equal to about 77% of that States annual greenhouse emissions. The main sources of sequestration/abatement identified are associated with forestry, although changed agricultural practices and the use of bioenergy are also seen as major sources of mitigation.

The report identifies the potential for 19 million tonnes of sequestration or mitigation by rehabilitating overgrazed rangelands and changing pasture burning practices, and another 7 million tonnes of mitigation through structural changes to livestock industries (presumably turning animals off earlier). A further 105 million tonnes of sequestration is identified as a result of carbon sink forest establishment and changes in regrowth management, with another 9 million tonnes of mitigation arising from the use of bioenergy. The report also discusses the potential for sequestration via soil carbon etc. It is not always clear whether the options being discussed would be Kyoto Protocol compliant or not. The report does note that some of the mitigation options identified are 'dependent on international developments, especially in the carbon accounting framework for post-Kyoto agreements." Perhaps a bit of an understatement !  
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