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What's good for the goose ...

- Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Over the last week, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been talking up the potential for carbon tariffs to become a feature in international trade, and the risk they pose to Australian businesses in the event Australia does not implement the CPRS in advance of the Copenhagen Climate Summit. View the rest of the post here

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Contrasting views on CPRS from PM and Grocery industry

- Monday, August 17, 2009

In the washup of last week's Senate debate on the CPRS, there has been a renewed burst of debate about the scheme and its impacts on different sectors, perhaps best exemplified by the Prime Minister saying farmers are all doomed unless Australia implement the legislation, and others saying farmers are doomed if Australia does. View the rest of the post here

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Agriculture's CPRS future remains uncertain

- Saturday, August 15, 2009

Despite a week of furious debate and discussion, the future role of Australian agriculture under Australia's proposed emission trading scheme remains uncertain. The Opposition has proposed exempting agricultural emissions from a CPRS liability, while the Government maintains that a decision on agriculture's role will be made in 2013, with the potential of inclusion of agricultural emissions after 2105 View the rest of the post here

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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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