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Horse trading underway on US Senate climate legislation.

- Tuesday, October 27, 2009

As anticipated, the serious horse-trading has commenced on the US Senate version of a US Climate Change Bill that would, if successful, see the establishment of an emissions trading scheme in the USA. The horse-trading is part and parcel of gathering the necessary number of votes to progress the legislation and have it passed by the Senate. View the rest of the post here

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Confusion about the future role for agriculture in the CPRS?

- Friday, October 23, 2009

There seems to be some inconsistency amongst politicians about the possible future role of agriculture in the CPRS. While Ministers acknowledge that the current Kyoto Protocol accounting rules make no sense for Australian agriculture, the Government seems determined to only consider a role for agriculture that is consistent with the current rules, irrespective of the science. View the rest of the post here

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Carbon sink forests on the march.

- Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Australian emissions trading legislation (the CPRS Bill) identifies clearly that the main source of offset-generated emission permits (AEUs) that will be available for major emitters who face an emissions liability will be those generated by forestry, and corporate investors are moving quickly to take early advantage of this. View the rest of the post here

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Scientists discover agriculture - but don't forget the rules!

- Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, an environmental lobby group funded by the Purves Environmental Fund, has released a document suggesting that terrestial carbon sequestration by farmers (meaning planting extra trees and adopting practices to sequester carbon in the soil) could offset up to 25% of Australian greenhouse emissions, if this was recognised as part of the CPRS. View the rest of the post here

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Opposition says keep farmers out of the CPRS.

- Sunday, October 18, 2009

The long-awaited Opposition response to the Government's proposed CPRS has been released. Of most interest to farmers is that the response proposes the permanent exclusion of agricultural emissions from coverage under the CPRS. View the rest of the post here

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US EPA releases greenhouse reporting rules

- Friday, October 16, 2009

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a regulation to require reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of the economy in the United States. The rule applies to fossil fuel suppliers and industrial gas suppliers, direct greenhouse gas emitters and manufacturers of vehicles and engines.   View the rest of the post here

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Carbon sink forests off and running.

- Thursday, October 15, 2009

Major emitters are already moving, in anticipation of the Australian Government's emission trading legislation, to secure carbon sink forestry opportunities. Origin Energy kicked off the trend in WA last month, and now media reports suggest that BP has followed suite. View the rest of the post here

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Where to for climate policy if Copenhagen fails ?

- Wednesday, October 14, 2009

While there are many who have high expectations about the forthcoming Copenhagen climate conference (December 7 - 18 in Copenhagen) resulting in agreement about future global climate change policies beyond 2012, there is a growing chorus of experienced commentators saying that a clear outcome is very unlikely. What this might mean for Australian domestic policy decisions is an interesting question, given that so much importance has been placed on 'waiting to see the outcome from Copenhagen'. View the rest of the post here

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Australian Greens release climate change policy proposals

- Monday, October 12, 2009

The Australian Greens have released their preferred policy approach for adressing anthropogenic climate change, proposing much stronger greenhouse emission reduction targets (at least a 40% emission reduction by 2020 compared to the Government's 5%), placing limits on access to international offsets, and providing less compensation to the electricity sector. The proposed role of agriculture in the scheme is unclear, although there is significant discussion about 'green carbon' and how it would be regulated. View the rest of the post here

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Uncertainty of agricultural emissions gains wider recognition

- Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Mainstream media are beginning to understand some of the complexities associated with the greenhouse emissions attributed to agriculture. In particular, recent articles have highlighted the degree of uncertainty associated with greenhouse inventory estimates. View the rest of the post here

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