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An analysis of greenhouse gas mitigation and carbon biosequestration opportunities from rural land use

This report published in August 2009 by Australia's CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) estimates the amount of greenhouse gases that can be stored or mitigated by changes in rural land use in Queensland and more broadly, Australia.
  • Key finding 1: With committed research and policy efforts, a large amount of carbon could be stored or greenhouse gases abated in Australia's rural lands and this could significantly offset our emissions over the next 40 years.
This report published in August 2009 by Australia's CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) estimates the amount of greenhouse gases that can be stored or mitigated by changes in rural land use in Queensland and more broadly, Australia.
  • Key finding 1: With committed research and policy efforts, a large amount of carbon could be stored or greenhouse gases abated in Australia's rural lands and this could significantly offset our emissions over the next 40 years.
  • Key finding 2: This analysis confirms the potential identified in the Garnaut Review and quantifies the amount of greenhouse gas mitigation and carbon storage that could realistically be achieved with a concerted research and policy effort.
  • Key finding 3: Australia's agricultural land systems and land clearing account for a relatively high percentage (28 per cent) of our greenhouse gas emissions of 597 Mt CO2-e/yr (million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents per year) (2007).
  • Key finding 4: Queensland can offset up to 77 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions and similar trends apply nationally.
 

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