17 May 2001
1. "Agricultural Influences on Carbon Emissions and Sequestration: A Review of Evidence and the Emerging Trading Options", by Jules Pretty and Andrew Ball, Centre for Environment and Society Occasional Paper 2001-03, University of Essex, March 2001.
In this paper, the authors review the latest empirical data on carbon sequestration opportunities in agricultural systems through both soil storage and terrestrial biomass. Although this paper does not directly deal with forestry, it gives good reference to the issues surrounding carbon sinks.
Agricultural systems contribute to carbon emissions through:
1) the direct use of fossil fuels in farm operations,
2) the indirect use of embodied energy in inputs that are energy-intensive to manufacture (particularly fertilizers), and
3) the cultivation of soil resulting in the loss of soil organic matter.
There is good evidence to show that sustainable agricultural systems can lead to the annual accumulation of 0.3-0.6 tC/ha, rising to several tonnes per ha when trees are intercropped in cropping and grazing systems.
The authors summarise the evidence comparing sustainable with high-input conventional systems of production. Sustainable systems are much more energy efficient than conventional farming systems. Adoption of `conservation tillage' and `zero-tillage' systems result in reduced soil erosion and improved soil organic matter and carbon content. Intensive arable with zero-tillage results in accumulation of 0.3-0.6 tC/ha/year, but ZT with mixed rotations and cover crops can accumulate 0.66-1.3 tC/ha/year. The rates are higher in humid-temperate areas (0.5-1.0 tC/ha/yr), lower in the humid tropic (0.2-0.5 tC/ha/yr), and lowest in the semi-arid tropics (0.1-0.2 tC/ha/yr).
The first carbon exchange systems have set credit values from US$1-38 per tonne of carbon, though most commonly in the $2.50-5.00 range. The paper uses these market prices to plot the potential gains for zero-tillage farmers using three different types of ZT systems. Intensive ZT systems with no rotations yield less income than mixed systems. The best are ZT systems with mixed rotations and leguminous cover crops that accumulate more than 1 tC/ha/yr. For the UK, it is estimated that carbon could bring arable and grassland farmers between £18m ($27m) and £147m ($220m) per year, which would represent a significant additional source of additional income.
The authors raise several key policy questions, such as how to establish permanent or indefinite sinks; how to prevent leakage; how to agree measurements; and whether the cost of implementation can be justified through their additional side effects or multifunctionality. Even though farmers are not set to become solely carbon farmers at current prices, carbon represents an important new source of income for farmers, as well as helping to encourage farmers to adopt a wide range of sustainable practices.
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- UN climate boss seeks early draft on pollution pact May 10 (Reuters/ENN)
- European Compliance with Kyoto Protocol Deemed Affordable
BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 9, 2001 (ENS)
- Japan vows to support Kyoto pact
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-Biodiversity: buffer against climate change May 10, 2001 (Reuters/ENN)
-Global Warming Forecast to Hit Australia Hard SYDNEY, Australia, May 8, 2001 (ENS)
- Informal Climate Change Talks to Convene in June UN FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Secretariat PRESS ADVISORY BONN, 4 May 2001 -- The President of the ongoing UN climate change negotiations, Mr. Jan Pronk, Minister of the Environment of the Netherlands, will convene a short informal meeting for all interested Governments during the month of June. The meeting will give Governments an opportunity to explore how to move forward towards a political compromise at the resumed sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will be held in Bonn during the period 16-27 July. The exact date and location of these informal talks is still to be decided. Originally scheduled to take place in Stockholm around the time of the 22-23 May Diplomatic Conference on the new Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) treaty, the meeting has been pushed back for logistical reasons. The last round of informal talks held on 21 April in New York focused in large part on the recent US statement that the Bush administration opposes the Kyoto Protocol. The June meeting will concentrate on advancing substantive preparations for the resumed COP. Documents currently on the table include the negotiating texts from The Hague and a paper entitled "New Proposals by the President of COP 6" (see www.unfccc.int <www.unfccc.int > ). The President also plans to issue a consolidated negotiating text in early June as an additional document for consideration by the resumed COP. In the meantime, he will seek advice from various Parties on how to make progress in the negotiations. Although the discussions will be closed to the press, Mr. Pronk and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Michael Zammit Cutajar intend to brief journalists immediately after the informal meeting ends.
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- CSIRO Solutions for Greenhouse http://www.csiro.au/csiro/ghsolutions/index.html
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- Climate Equity Observer: Issue number 2 http://www.ecoequity.org/ceoarchv.htm
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