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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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Perhaps meat-eaters aren't as bad as some claim!

- Monday, December 07, 2009

After some highly contentious claims by environmental groups claiming that livestock farming is responsible for up to 50% of greenhouse emissions, it is good to see some material beimg published which takes a more objective view of this issue. View the rest of the post here

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Government signals CPRS 'deal' now policy

- Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Assistant Climate Change Minister Greg Combet appears to have confirmed in a media interview that the 'deal' negotiated with the Opposition which would exclude direct agricultural emissions from the CPRS is now confirmed Government policy that will be taken to the next election. View the rest of the post here

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Further background on 'Climate gate'

- Monday, November 30, 2009

While not gaining much coverage in Australia, the fallout from the leaked emails detailing some questionable approaches to science by leading climate change scientists in the UK and the USA continues to attract comment and attention. View the rest of the post here

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Revised ETS legislated in New Zealand.

- Friday, November 27, 2009

The New Zealand Parlaiment has narrowly passed legislation that will establish an emissions trading scheme in that country from mid 2010, with direct agricultural emissions covered under the scheme from 2015, although the proportion of emissions farmers will initially have to buy permits for will be quite small. View the rest of the post here

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Climate scientists email leak highlight need for science scrutiny

- Monday, November 23, 2009

The leaking of a large collection of email correspondence between some of the leading scientists supporting the concept of human-influenced climate change has provoked a storm of debate, and has highlighted that scientists are only human. They have egos, ambitions and predjudices just like everyone else. What it also highlights, however, is the need for appropriate checks and balances in the management and administration of publicly-funded scientific agencies. View the rest of the post here

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CPRS concessions set challenges for agriculture

- Sunday, November 22, 2009

The 'deal' agreed (thus far) between the Government and the Coalition on the CPRS legislation appears to be a significant improvement on earlier proposals and will provide agriculture with some avenues to offset higher input costs, but the exclusion of the sector from CPRS coverage is by no means permanent or guaranteed after 2015, and will require agriculture to demonstrate some real progress in reducing emissions. View the rest of the post here

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NZ Climate Change Minister fronts farmers.

- Friday, November 20, 2009

NZ Climate Change Minister Nick Smith fronted up to the NZ Federated Farmers meeting yesterday to explain why agriculture would remain in the NZ ETS, despite indications that agriculture may be excluded from the Australian CPRS. View the rest of the post here

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US Senate delays climate bill to 2010

- Thursday, November 19, 2009

The US Senate has apparently decided to delay consideration of Climate Change legislation until the spring of 2010, meaning that the US will not have any climate legislation in place before the UN Copenhagen climate conference, and creating doubt about whether there will be any legislation in place in the US for some considerable time, due to political concerns associated with forthcoming mid-term elections in the US in 2010. View the rest of the post here

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Would recognising soil carbon reduce Government CPRS revenue?

- Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Media commentary on the role of agriculture in the CPRS reveals considerable misunderstanding of the implications of Kyoto Protocol emission accounting rules to efforts by farmers to receive credit for carbon sequestration in agricultural soil. Adding to the complexity of this issue, a commentator has pointed out that, if the Australian Government were to recognise soil 'credits', it would have the potential to significantly reduce future Government revenue from the sale of emission permits. View the rest of the post here

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