The Government confirmed that emissions from agricultural sources won't be taxed under the carbon pricing mechanism announced yesterday because "it is not practical", meaning it's too hard to measure them. Ministers Combet and Ludwig are enthusiastic about soil carbon: "The proposal does recognise that farmers and landholders can still play a vital part in reducing our carbon pollution... The Carbon Farming Initiative will demonstrate how land sector abatement is real and can deliver significant benefits to regional and rural Australia. It will allow sectors not covered by the carbon price mechanism to generate carbon credits for actions which reduce or store carbon pollution. In particular, it will help farmers move beyond existing practices to unlock farming techniques with better carbon and productivity outcomes, helping adapt to the effects of climate change we cannot avoid."
Reuters reports that the United Arab Emirates is abandoning agriculture and buying farms in other countries and importing all food. The UAE, which has seven percent of the world's known oil reserves, is among the top per capita consumers of water in the world. Abu Dhabi consumes 550 litres per person per day, compared to a world average of 180-200 litres. "Wars can erupt because of water," said Mohammed Khalfan al-Rumaithi, director general of the UAE's National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority. Saudi Arabia plans to rely entirely on imports by 2016 after trying to be self-sufficient for 3 years. The UAE is investing heavily in farms across the globe.