The first thing we are going to change is your thinking about Climate Change.
CHANGEBUSTERS
We love the planet!
A NEW WATER PARADIGM THE UNSEEN STORY OF MAN'S FOOTPRINT IN WATER WATERSINKS™
ECO SUSTAINABLE PLANET
and
THE ECOLOGY REVOLUTION
ECO SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY
Technology and Ecology working together.

Reverse Warming
Photosynthetic Capacity 
Improved ground-cover and increased photosynthetic capacity across the globe would reduce Global Warming.
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Australian Soil Carbon Accreditation
Dr Christine Jones, launched the Australian Soil Carbon Accreditation Scheme in Katanning, WA

Dr Christine Jones Regenerative Land Management,
Founder, Carbon For Life Inc.


Ecology Revolution

Yearlong Green Farming
Landscapes, environments and communities
Yearlong Green Farming (YGF) techniques.



Carbon Sequestration
Soil Carbon Sequestration
Could Renewable Soil be the
secret weapon the world is looking for?
Enhance biological activity in the terrestrial biosphere and improve the productivity of agricultural land.
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Deep-rooted Perennials
Perennial Groundcover
Sequestering carbon in soils by fostering deep-rooted perennial plant species that have significant biomass in their root systems.



The 'greening of a brown land' would increase soil carbon sequestration, increase soil moisture retention, reduce heat radiation and reduce the concentration of both CO2 and water vapour in the atmosphere. These factors would reverse the 'Global Warming Effect'. As a bonus, the adoption of Yearlong Green Farming techniques would markedly improve the productivity of agricultural land.
Dr Christine Jones

17 Jan 2011
The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) explained


The Federal Government recently announced the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) framework, a scheme whereby farmers, foresters and landholders will be able to generate and trade carbon credits to create additional income. The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) will be receiving submissions on its consultation paper Design of the Carbon Farming Initiative up to close of business on 21 January 2011.

Agriculture and forestry currently account for approximately 23% of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. The CFI is intended to provide a strong incentive to identify and implement low-cost methods to reduce emissions arising from the agriculture and forestry sectors.

Abatement activities
Under the proposed CFI, farmers and landholders will be able to generate credits from projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or sequester carbon.

Eligible abatement activities will include reforestation and revegetation, reduced fertiliser and livestock emissions, manure management, reduced soil carbon, savanna fire management (subject to the successful completion of current research) and burning of crop residue, avoided deforestation, reduced rice cultivation emissions and reduced emissions from landfill deposited before 1 July 2011.

Farmers, foresters and landholders will be able to create tradeable carbon credits from the eligible abatement activities and then sell them domestically and internationally. International buyers will include governments with obligations under the Kyoto Protocol, companies with emissions obligations and organisations voluntarily offsetting their emissions. Domestic buyers will include companies with offsetting obligations under state regulations as well as organisations voluntarily offsetting their emissions. Credits can be sold through market exchanges, carbon brokers or directly to buyers. Income tax and GST provisions will apply to the carbon credits.

National Carbon Offset Standard
Under the scheme, only credits that meet the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) are considered suitable to contribute to the scheme. The NCOS requires internationally recognised standards to be met to ensure that any achieved abatement is real and verifiable. The core requirements that must be met under the NCOS are additionality and permanency.

The environmental integrity of the CFI scheme will directly affect its success. As a consequence, the government has established the Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee (DOIC). The DOIC is an independent expert panel that will assess proposed methods for use under the CFI scheme and assess whether they meet the NCOS standards. CFI methodology will be developed by DCCEE and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, as well as private project developers.

Each methodology will be required to outline the abatement activities, procedures to determine baseline emissions, procedures to identify and estimate leakage, measurements, monitoring and reporting requirements. Once approved, the methodologies will become legislative instruments of the CFI legislation. A particular methodology must be approved for a crediting period of three years to ensure continuous improvement of methodologies.

Participation
Farmers, foresters and landholders are able to participate in the CFI scheme by obtaining necessary approvals and managing and reporting the project themselves, using a service provider to assist them, or agreeing to have an offset aggregator company undertake the activity on their land.

Projects must be approved by the CFI scheme administrator to be eligible for participation. It is proposed that reporting to the administrator occur annually and during the crediting period, and that the report be independently audited.

The legislation is expected to be put before the Commonwealth Parliament in the first half of 2011, with the scheme proposed to commence on 1 July 2011.

How can DLA Phillips Fox help you?
DLA Phillips Fox can help you navigate your way through the complex issues of the CFI. We can:
  • Prepare a submission on your behalf if you wish to comment on the CFI consultation paper.
  • Help you understand your obligations and liabilities regarding maintenance of the carbon stock used to generate the credits.
  • Familiarise you with the standards that you need to comply with under the NCOS to ensure that your project qualifies for the CFI carbon credits.
[1] Additionality requires emission abatements to be 'additional' to any emission abatement achieved though ordinary business operations, meaning that a project must result in abatement that would not have occurred without the implementation of the scheme.

[2] Permanency relates to any offset projects involving the long-term storage of carbon in soil, plants and other carbon sinks and requires the carbon to be captured for at least 100 years to provide genuine removal of carbon from the atmosphere.

For further information, please contact:

Charmian Barton, Partner Planning, Environment & Climate Change Tel +61 2 9282 8676 charmian.barton@dlaphillipsfox.com
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Put soil back where it belongs
http://www.soilcarbon.com.au/case_studies/index.html

National Algae Association
The National Algae Association

The Woodlands, Texas – May  4, 2008 – The National Algae Association announces its Algae Commercialization  Business Plan, Research, and Networking Forum.  Algae oil production companies, algae researchers and algaeprenuers will present leading-edge technologies for commercialization of the “new oil” on July 17th in The Woodlands, Texas.  The NAA brings companies and researchers together to share ideas and exchange information to overcome technological hurdles and commercialize this fast growing renewable oil industry.

Current high oil prices, the collapse of food-for-fuel initiatives and concerns about increased levels of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere have all created awareness of the need for alternative fuel solutions. Algae has emerged as one of the lowest cost feedstocks for the biofuels and cellulosic industries. Algae is considered to be a promising source of renewable oil which can be processed and refined into a variety of transportation fuels.  

Recent breakthroughs in pond development and closed end loop systems put algae oil production companies on the leading-edge of the renewable oil industry.

Some challenges:

              a)      identifying the best suitable algae strains with the largest extraction rates.

              b)      standardizing photobioreactor (PBR) technologies

              c)      developing new CO2 injection methods

              d)      monitoring nutrient levels for efficient algae growth rates

              e)      finding cost effective oil extraction methodologies

Algae can be refined to make biofuel, jet fuel, bio-gasoline and cellulosic materials such as pharmacueticals, cosmetics, plastics and green packaging.

For additional information contact: www.nationalalgaeassociation.com or 936.321.1125



Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet

Soil Carbon Sequestration—Fundamentals

Alan Sundermeier, Randall Reeder, and Rattan Lal.

Adding organic matter to farmland is good for soil quality and crop yields, both short-term and long-term. Continuous no-till is an efficient way of doing this. Cover crops and manure also help raise carbon levels. If you want to sequester carbon to reduce global warming (and possibly receive a small annual payment) think of it as a bonus for being a good farmer. Soil carbon sequestration is a natural, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly process. Once sequestered, carbon remains in the soil as long as restorative land use, continuous no-till, and other Best Management Practices are followed. It is a win-win option. While mitigating climate change by off-setting fossil fuel emissions, it also improves quality of soil and water resources, enhances agronomic productivity, and buys us time to identify and implement viable alternatives to fossil fuel.

Increased Photosynthetic Capacity Reverses Global Warming

"Decreased soil carbon levels have been recorded worldwide under most current broadacre cropping and grazing regimes. This soil carbon has been emitted to the atmosphere.

It is sobering to compare the CO2 emissions from soil with those from the burning of fossil fuels. Dr Rattan Lal, Professor of Soil Science at Ohio State University and Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, USA, has calculated that 476 Gt of carbon has been emitted from farmland soils due to inappropriate farming and grazing practices, compared with 270 Gt emitted from over 150 years of burning of fossil fuels.

These trends can be reversed by increasing the photosynthetic capacity of the landscape through the adoption of Yearlong Green Farming (YGF) techniques."


Christine Jones, PhD

Founder, Carbon For Life Inc.
www.amazingcarbon.com
Increased Photosynthetic


"The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself" (Roosevelt 1937)
RESEARCH


We are riding a new wave of industrial revolution into the RENEWABLE ENERGY AGE. Renewable Energies bring only advantages and no burden to the world.
The ECO SUSTAINABLE PLANET and ECO SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY sections often overlap - as crops become fuel and microorganisms make electricity - the line is blurred and indeed that is the desired 'interconnectedness' effect.
All these exciting new green technologies could become marketable at any time. To clarify exactly what is available now, you'll find WAPSEC is in the business of WATER & POWER SECURITY. WAPSEC supplies 'wholistec' solutions with leading-edge technology from Germany and Australia.
ECO SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY Ecology and Technology working together in synergy. SUSTAINABLE is 24 x 7. ECO SUSTAINABLE is when there's no waste. The waste product of one process is fuel for the next.
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