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The 5-minute Lowy Lunch: 25% of the carbon solution


Fergus Hanson


20 November 2008 16:30

Terrestrial carbon (including trees, soil and peat) is a critical part of any response to climate change — up to 25% of the solution by one estimate. But keeping trees in the ground has proven a tricky issue right across the globe.

To deal with the challenge, the Terrestrial Carbon Group has come up with an incentive-based system designed to work under a range of climate mitigation models and which could be implemented even if states fail to agree to an approach at Copenhagen.

The convenor of the Terrestrial Carbon Group, Ralph Ashton, spoke with me yesterday about the group's model. The podcast of his and Warwick McKibbin's speech at the Wednesday Lowy Lunch can be downloaded from our website.