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Critique: How green is your scheme? Greenhouse gas control the Australian Way

Australia managed to pass a national carbon pricing scheme into legislation, which came into effect in July of this year. The “Clean Energy Plan” involves a temporary CO2-equivalent tax for three years, followed by an emissions trading scheme aimed at producing strong growth and low pollution.

This critique in the journal Energy Policy describes Australia’s approach to greenhouse gas emissions control as merely rhetorical. The authors argue that the scheme allows the continuing rise of emissions, provides concessions to industry and big polluters, and covers less than half the number of polluters.
You can download the paper here. (Journal subscription needed.)
Comments on the implications of Australia’s Clean Energy Plan for agriculture and food, in general, would be very welcome.

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This region of Oceania comprises Australia, New Zealand, the island of New Guinea, and neighbouring islands in the Pacific Ocean. Its ecozone forms a distinct region with a common geologic and evolutionary history which has resulted in a set of unique types of animals and plants. Due to the reverse seasonality with the US and Europe, much food produce is exported to these countries in the winter from Australia and New Zealand. Except for the lush rainforest of Queensland and the east, much of the Australia is arid and unsuitable for arable agriculture. The country is considered highly vulnerable to climate change and associated impacts including droughts and wildfires.

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