>It is intriguing to add into this mix that the amount of carbon stored
>in grasslands (before they got planted to maize and soya beans) was
>greater than that held in the tropical rainforests. Degradation of soil
>organic matter may in itself be a contributor to greenhouse gases (loss
>of the carbon sink, plus mineralisation of stored carbon).
>That's where we come in folks.
I think the solution is not in international negotiations, where few
are truly serious about cutting down CO2 levels but would use their
right to emit CO2 as negotiating chip for economic advantage, or would
commodify this right and make it tradeable.
The only solution is for ecologically-oriented political
parties/groups to come into power in various countries. They will then
take no-nonsense moves to cut down CO2 emissions, without concern
about negotiating the cuts for economic advantage.
Remember, CO2 emissions rates must be cut to 60% of 1990 levels just
to maintain the current CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Current
negotiations revolve around 8-12% in ten years or more.
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