Thursday, September 04, 2008

Ross Garnaut says "Change Kyoto to fit soils"

Biosequestration - capturing carbon in vegetation and soils - is Australia's big advantage, but we must break through the bureaucratic barriers to achieve it, says the Government's Climate Change and Emissions Trading Scheme advisor Professor Ross Garnaut.

“We need some big changes in established international approaches to accounting for Carbon in international trading regimes because neither the CDM set up by the Kyoto Protocol or the European Trading System credits many of these forms of Carbon sequestration,” Professor Garnaut said on the ABC Rural Radio's Country Hour on 4 September, 2008.

He made a call for Australian farmers to avoid plantation forests and switch to native grasses to capture vast tonnes of carbon when speaking to a conference organised by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering's Crawford Fund in Canberra yesterday.

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