Friday, February 06, 2009

Forest Carbon Climate Myths

Everyone's talking about the role of forests in addressing climate change and how to count forestry in carbon markets. To help demystify some of the issues a great presentation is available from Doug Heiken of Oregon Wild.

In other related news to watch: The new US administration is creating a new Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets in the Department of Agriculture.

According to the Christian Science Monitor:

For now, the focus is on cataloging land-use activities that trap carbon and developing an acceptable standard for measuring them. The first step is setting up verifiable national standards – eco-bean counting for carbon sequestration as a 21st-century commodity crop.

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