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Are farmers the future of carbon management?

Harper, R.J.ORCID: 0000-0003-0268-2917 (2013) Are farmers the future of carbon management? The Conversation, 1 August .

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Both the current Government and Opposition are relying on agriculture and forestry to bear much of the burden of Australia’s emission reduction. But are they building their hopes on sand?

The way we manage the land can reduce emissions from existing carbon stocks and other greenhouse gases, increase carbon stocks in soils and vegetation or replace fossil fuel emissions by burning biomass or by replacing energy intensive materials with timber.

The land sector enabled Australia to meet its recent Kyoto Protocol emission target despite significant underlying growth in greenhouse emissions from other economic sectors. This was achieved by reducing land clearing and by large-scale reforestation of farmland through Managed Investment Schemes. However, land clearing is likely to recommence in Queensland, and possibly one-third of the investment scheme plantations will be converted back to farmland.

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
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