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US ETS Bill changed to keep farmers happy

- Thursday, June 25, 2009

There are reports that proposed amendments to the Waxman-Markey Bill – which is currently progressing through US House of Representatives Committees prior to being considered by the full House of Representatives – would accommodate the interests of agriculture and is therefore more likely to be agreed to by the US Senate. View the rest of the post here

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US agriculture begins to examine ETS implications.

- Wednesday, June 24, 2009

With greenhouse emissions trading legislation now being debated in the US, agricultural policy analysts are starting to consider the possible impacts on US farmers. The US ETS scheme looks likely to include agriculture as a source of emission offsets, will not require farmers to pay a cost for their farm emissions. View the rest of the post here

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Second thoughts about a New Zealand ETS ?

- Thursday, June 18, 2009

The New Zealand economic consultancy NZIER has just released the results of some economic modelling it has carried out for the NZ Government of alternative approaches for New Zealand in meeting international greenhouse emission reduction obligations. View the rest of the post here

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Senate reports into climate change policy released

- Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Two reports by the Senate into climate change policy have now been released. The first was a report by the Senate economics committee, and the latest is a report arising from a Senate Select Committee into climate change policy. View the rest of the post here

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Cows are causing global warming!

- Friday, June 12, 2009

Just when the farm sector was hoping that it might be ignored in debates about greenhouse emissions and how to curb them, a columnist in The Australian has highlighted that cows are a major source of greenhouse emissions and need to be included in policies aimed at reducing emissions. View the rest of the post here

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New Zealand sets up new agricultural emissions research centre.

- Thursday, June 11, 2009

The NZ Government has announced is setting up a greenhouse gas research centre targeting solutions for New Zealand's agriculture and horticulture emissions. About half of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, with methane from ruminant animals the biggest contributor. View the rest of the post here

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Canada moves to implement emissions trading

- Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Canadian Government has announced plans to establish a national carbon market, which is anticipated to commence trading from January, 2011. Up until the present time, greenhouse emission mitigation efforts in Canada have been at a Provincial rather than a national level. View the rest of the post here

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USA farmers nervous about emissions trading

- Thursday, May 28, 2009

Farmers in the USA were initially enthusiastic about the proposed introduction of a US emissions trading scheme, seeing it as an opportunity to be paid for agricultural offsets, however a degree of nervousness has set in as the Waxman-Markey Bill has started its progress through the legislature. View the rest of the post here

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EU and NZ views on emissions trading

- Wednesday, May 20, 2009

There have been some significant developments in the discussions of our international neighbours regarding climate change policies and agriculture in the last week. In particular, comments emerging from New Zealand and the European Union are of importance to Australian agriculture.  View the rest of the post here

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US approach to climate change policy and agriculture

- Friday, May 15, 2009

At the Agriculture, Greenhouse and Emissions Trading conference, delegates heard that in the USA, agriculture and forestry offsets will be the oil that enables an emissions trading scheme to run smoothly.  View the rest of the post here

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