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US Climate Change Bill “No big deal” for agriculture.

Mick Keogh - Sunday, July 19, 2009

Iowa State University agricultural academic Bruce Babcock believes the impact of the proposed US climate change legislation on US farmers will be minor. US agriculture seems to be much better treated by their proposed legislation than will be the case in Australia. View the rest of the post here

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New Zealand livestock industries concerned about ETS

Mick Keogh - Friday, July 10, 2009

Meat and Wool New Zealand has urged the NZ government to give full consideration to environmental and economic implications in setting a 202 emission target for the nation. Chairman Mike Petersen spelled out the potentially large implications for New Zealand livestock farmers of an aggressive emission target, and also highlighted that few other nations around the world are even considering including agriculture in an ETS. View the rest of the post here

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Just how much warming does methane cause?

Mick Keogh - Thursday, July 09, 2009

Several recent articles published in Australia and internationally have focused on the role of methane in global warming, and in particular the role of methane from ruminant livestock. A recent piece in the New Scientist argues that the Global Warming Potential of methane (methane is allocated a GWP of 21 or 23 by the IPCC) is understated because it has a much higher warming potential (above 70) for the short period (10-12 years) that it stays in the atmosphere, and that there should be a much greater focus on reducing methane emissions instead of carbon dioxide emissions. View the rest of the post here

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US Agriculture secretary promotes agriculture offsets

Mick Keogh - Wednesday, July 08, 2009

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has strongly promoted the role of agricultural offsets provided by US farmers (such as changes to no-til cropping or perennial pastures) as a key element of the US cap and trade climate change legislation currently being considered by Committees of the US Senate. The Committee hearing are a preliminary step in the process of developing a final form of the legislation that will be voted on by the Senate later this year. View the rest of the post here

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NZ Trade Minister on Trade, food security, climate conflicts.

Mick Keogh - Tuesday, July 07, 2009

NZ Conservation and Trade Minister Tim Groser has highlighted the potentially conflicting climate and trade agendas that are in play at present as attempts are made to finalise the Doha trade round at the same time that multi-lateral climate change negotiations reach a critical point with the Copenhagen negotiations that are set to conclude in December, 2009. View the rest of the post here

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US unlikely to ratify international climate treaty

Mick Keogh - Monday, July 06, 2009

Based on a report on Bloomberg, the USA may never ratify an international climate treaty, irrespective of the fate of US Climate legislation, because treaty ratification requires a two-thirds majority in the US Senate. This suggests that US agriculture may never face the problems Australian agriculture has with the euro-centric emissions accounting rules that preclude the inclusion of many agricultural sequestration activities being recognised in national greenhouse inventories. View the rest of the post here

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US farmers get a different climate deal to Australian farmers.

Mick Keogh - Friday, July 03, 2009

A quick comparison of Climate change legislation proposed in Australia and the USA shows the stark difference between the proposed treatment of US agriculture under the Waxman-Markey legislation, and Australia's CPRS legislation. View the rest of the post here

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Care to disclose your carbon ?

Mick Keogh - Thursday, July 02, 2009

An interesting element of the US Waxman-Markey climate change legislation (The American Clean Energy and Security Act or ACES)  is the proposed “Product Carbon Disclosure Program”, outlined in Section 274. This section requires the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of a national program to measure, disclose and provide label information about the emissions associated with any product sold in the USA. Food and clothing are identified as sectors likely to be allocated a higher priority for this provision. View the rest of the post here

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Mixed reaction of US agriculture to ACES climate legislation.

Mick Keogh - Wednesday, July 01, 2009

It is becoming apparent that the US agriculture sector has mixed feelings about the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act of 2009, which proposes the establishment of a greenhouse emissions trading scheme in the USA from 2012. The legislation is yet to be voted on by the US Senate. View the rest of the post here

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US climate bill could shift debate on agriculture emissions

Mick Keogh - Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Climate Bill that has been passed by the US House of Representatives still has a long way to go before becoming law, although with the Democrats generally supporting the legislation and holding a 59-40 majority in the US Senate, pundits suggest the legislation has a better chance than similar legislation that was proposed almost a decade ago under the Clinton administration. View the rest of the post here

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