Estimates of Carbon Mitigation Potential from Agricultural and Forestry Activities

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The report is organized into three parts. The first provides a brief overview of the role of the agriculture and forestry sectors within the broader climate change debate, describing available estimates of current GHG emissions and carbon sequestration in the farm and forestry sectors. The second describes available data and information on the potential for carbon storage (tonnage) by type of farming and forestry activity, and presents available estimates of the carbon sequestration potential in these sectors. The final part discusses some of the limitations of available estimates of GHG mitigation potential in the agriculture and forestry sectors, focusing on recent policy and market changes and other types of modeling uncertainties that could limit the accuracy of available mitigation projections.

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Location(s): United States
Creation Date: February 20, 2009
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Creator (Author):
Johnson, Renee

Specialist in Agriculture Policy

Creator (Author):
Gorte, Ross W.

Specialist in Natural Resources Policy

Creator (Author):
Yacobucci, Brent D.

Specialist in Resources and Environmental Policy

Creator (Author):
Schnepf, Randy

Specialist in Agriculture Policy

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Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
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  • Creation: February 20, 2009
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United States
Description:

The report is organized into three parts. The first provides a brief overview of the role of the agriculture and forestry sectors within the broader climate change debate, describing available estimates of current GHG emissions and carbon sequestration in the farm and forestry sectors. The second describes available data and information on the potential for carbon storage (tonnage) by type of farming and forestry activity, and presents available estimates of the carbon sequestration potential in these sectors. The final part discusses some of the limitations of available estimates of GHG mitigation potential in the agriculture and forestry sectors, focusing on recent policy and market changes and other types of modeling uncertainties that could limit the accuracy of available mitigation projections.

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21 pages.

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