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ACCC commences legal proceedings against farm carbon trader

- Thursday, January 07, 2010

Australia’s consumer watchdog has launched proceedings in the Federal Court against a company selling soil carbon and sequestration programs to farmers.  View the rest of the post here

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What happened to agriculture at Copenhagen?

- Thursday, December 24, 2009

While a lot has been said about the final outcome of the UN Copenhagen climate change conference, agriculture has rarely been mentioned, and all the issues the sector was hoping to have resolved seem to have been overlooked.  View the rest of the post here

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Will it be 5 per cent, 25 per cent, or somewhere in between?

- Monday, December 21, 2009

The next big question for Australian climate change policymakers is what emission reduction target will the Australian Government commit to when it prepares Australia's submission to the Copenhagen Accord (see yesterdays post) as it is required to do by January 31st, 2010.  View the rest of the post here

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Consensus on Copenhagen - Accord amounts to little.

- Friday, December 18, 2009

After all the noise and fury (and huge expense) of Copenhagen, the general consensus seems to be that the Accord that has been 'noted' really amounts to little, and nations will take their own actions on emissions as dictated by domestic political considerations.  View the rest of the post here

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Some sanity on Australian soil carbon reporting

- Tuesday, December 15, 2009

After the complerte rubbish published by several media outlets yesterday (including the ABC and Fairfax) about Australia supposedly 'cheating' on its Kyoto Protocol obligations by not reporting soil carbon emissions, it was a relief to see some more sensible reporting of this issue emerge. View the rest of the post here

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Land sector accounting reform harmed by poor reporting

- Monday, December 14, 2009

Efforts by Australian officials to secure more comprehensive land sector greenhouse accounting (specifically in relation to soil carbon) will not be helped by the ill-informed and biased reporting of this issue by the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC today. View the rest of the post here

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A glimmer of hope on land sector accounting.

- Thursday, December 10, 2009

Reports from Copenhagen suggest a slightly more positive outlook on the issue of changes to land sector emission accounting (especially in relation to separating out natural and man-made changes to soil carbon) but still a long way to go View the rest of the post here

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Developing nations resist moves to fix Kyoto soil carbon accounting

- Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Reports from the UN climate change conference at Copenhagen confirm that it could be difficult to achieve any real changes to the greenhouse accounting rules associated with soil carbon, because developing nations see it as a way for developed nations such as Australia to offset emissions domestically, and therefore avoid having to buy large amounts of offsets from developing nations. View the rest of the post here

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Australian agriculture at Copenhagen conference

- Wednesday, December 09, 2009

A delegation of Australian agricultural representatives are attending the UN climate change talks in Copenhagen, and will be providing regular reports.  View the rest of the post here

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US EPA ruling adds momentum to US climate policy

- Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The finalisation of an 'endangerment' ruling by the US Environment Protection Agency in relation to Carbon Dioxide will add some additional impetus to US climate change negotiations at Copenhagen, because it enables the US EPA to implement controls on greenhouse emissions, without the need for congressional approval. View the rest of the post here

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