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Major parties begin ETS negotiations in NZ

- Thursday, September 10, 2009

Media reports state that the New Zealand Government and the main opposition party New Zealand Labour have begun negotiations to try and reach agreement of the details of a future New Zealand emissions trading scheme. View the rest of the post here

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Impact of US ETS on farm mixed, with croppers better off

- Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Texas A&M University has released the results of a detailed study of the projected impacts of the proposed US ETS on a sample of US farms. The results indicate that crop farmers will generally be better off (because they will be able to adopt no-till and sell the resulting carbon offsets) while livestock farmers will be worse off. View the rest of the post here

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US agriculture on the horns of a greenhouse dilemma

- Friday, September 04, 2009

US agriculture is facing a considerable dilemma in relation to climate change legislation, with some realising that the 'Waxman-Markey devil' may be preferrable to the EPA 'deep blue sea' View the rest of the post here

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NZ Select committee into the ETS tables report.

- Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Parliamentary Select Committee that has been reviewing the design of the proposed New Zealand emissions trading scheme has tabled its report, and made a series of recommendations about the design of the ETS for NEW Zealand. The next step in this process will be a response from the NZ Government, specifying which (if any) of the recommendations will be implemented. View the rest of the post here

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Kiwis divided on ETS details

- Monday, August 31, 2009

The results of a public opinion survey of New Zealanders on a range of issues associated with emissions trading policies has shown that there is a considerable division of opinion on specific aspects of an ETS, and in particular on the role of agriculture in the New Zealand Scheme. View the rest of the post here

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Duelling US agriculture secretaries

- Friday, August 28, 2009

The contrasting views of the agriculture sector in the USA about the potential implications of the proposed USA emissions trading scheme have been in evidence during the past week, with both the current US Agriculture Secretary, and the former US Agriculture Secretary trading views on the subject. View the rest of the post here

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Agricultural uncertainty persists for Australia, NZ

- Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Despite recent meetings between the Australian and New Zealand Governments, the uncertainty surrounding the future role of the agriculture in the emission trading schemes of both nations remains very uncertain. View the rest of the post here

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CSIRO report suggests agriculture is a key source of sequestration/mitigation

- Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The CSIRO has released a new study suggesting that the agriculture sector in Queensland could provide 140 million tonnes of greenhouse abatement or mitigation per year, equal to about 77% of that States annual greenhouse emissions. The main sources of sequestration/abatement identified are associated with forestry, although changed agricultural practices and the use of bioenergy are also seen as major sources of mitigation. View the rest of the post here

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Australia, NZ PMs non-committal on future role of agriculture

- Monday, August 24, 2009

While expressing a desire to make sure that Australia and New Zealand have emissions trading schemes that align, neither New Zealand PM John Keys or Australian PM Kevin Rudd gave any hints away about the role of agriculture at their press conference following a recent joint cabinet meeting between the leaders of the two nations held last week. View the rest of the post here

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Are farmers facing double-whammy on emissions ?

- Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Recent political debate on climate change policy seems to have ignored the role agriculture has played in Australia meeting its Kyoto Protocol target, and answers given in Parliament this week point to agriculture being at risk of again bearing an unfair emission burden.  View the rest of the post here

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