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Agriculture's sequestration potential - some food for thought

- Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Opposition released a research paper early this week which contains an alternative proposal for reducing national greenhouse emissions. It involves a modified emissions trading scheme for some sectors of the economy, a baseline and credit scheme for the electricity sector, and an exemption for agricultural emissions - but a major role for agriculture in providing greenhouse offsets. View the rest of the post here

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NZ sets 10-20 percent emission reduction target by 2020

- Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The New Zealand Government has announced that the nation's national emission reduction target for 2020 will be to reduce emissions by between 10% and 20% of 1990 emission levels by 2020. View the rest of the post here

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Alternative emission plan to cost less, achieve more.

- Monday, August 10, 2009

The Coalition has today released modelling by Frontier Economics which proposes an alternative to the Australian Governments Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, using a 'Baseline and Credit' model. Under the proposal, agriculture would remain exempt from emission coverage, but would be recognised as a supplier of emission offsets. View the rest of the post here

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Soil carbon needs a lot of work - BRS

- Friday, August 07, 2009

A review released by the Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS) has concluded that while there may be possibilities for the inclusion of organic soil carbon in a future emissions trading scheme, a great deal of research will be required before the nedds of a trading market would be met. View the rest of the post here

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NFF wants agriculture permanently excluded from CPRS

- Thursday, August 06, 2009

The National Farmers Federation (NFF) has formally resolved a position in relation to the Australian Government's proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, stating that agriculture should be permanently excluded from coverage under the Scheme. View the rest of the post here

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Agricultural offsets will save US 'hundreds of billions' in greenhouse costs

- Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), an independent agency of the US Congress that provides advice to US lawmakers on the costs of policy proposals, has estimated that the recognition of agricultural offsets under US Climate Change legislation will reduce the cost of the US meeting its emission targets by more than $US 100 billion per year by 2030. View the rest of the post here

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Minister Wong tight-lipped on agriculture's CPRS role

- Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong has remained tight-lipped about the future role of agriculture in the Australian Government's proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, restating that a decision will be made about possible sector involvement in the CPRS from 2015, but not confirming Opposition demands that the sector be excluded from the CPRS. View the rest of the post here

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Soil carbon promoters ignore the 'rules'

- Monday, August 03, 2009

The sequestration of extra carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by biological processes is often cited as the 'cheap solution' that will reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and make farmers money, but there is curiously little reference to the major problems - including the Kyoto Protocol rules - that are stopping this from occurring. View the rest of the post here

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US ag debate on ETS hots up

- Friday, July 31, 2009

Reports suggest there is a growing divide amongst US farmers and agribusiness about whether or not the proposed US ETS will benefit farmers. View the rest of the post here

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Farmers in US and NZ getting more nervous about ETS.

- Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Farmers in both New Zealand and the USA are getting more concerned about the possible impact of their respective climate change policy proposals on the farm sector. New Zealand farmers are reacting to a recent statement by NZ Climate Change Minister Nick Smith that farming will have to be in the ETS, while US farmers are worried the promised money from carbon offsets might never eventuate. View the rest of the post here

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