Wednesday, April 13, 2011


No long term without a short term

On our analysis, soil carbon offsets are inevitable. The world may not realize it yet, but there is no long term without a short term – and all offsets other than soil carbon can only have major impact in the long term. Climate Change is being driven by emissions that are 50 and 100 years old. Avoided emissions today will have an effect in 50-100 years. Forests planted today will not reach maximum capacity for 15-20 years. But the rangelands and pastures that stretch over 5 billion hectares are ready to turn small increases in carbon into massive draw down of CO2 in the next 50 years. This buys time for the necessary adjustments to be made.

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