Carbon Property Rights in Soil

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PRRES Website Conference Papers, 2008, pp. 1 - 20
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The commodification of soil to permit carbon sequestration and hence trading in the resultant carbon rights is examined as an emerging facet of climate change management. As the developed world moves towards carbon offsets and decarbonisation, the Australian continent provides a capacity to be a land based repository of carbon in either select species of vegetation grown specifically for this purpose, or where soil is conserved to sequestrate carbon. A presumption exists that carbon is sequestrated differentially in various soil landscapes, which typically comprise a mixture of different soil types. Diffuse boundaries between soil landscapes and significant differences assigned to same soil landscapes, albeit in different areas, significantly impacts sequestration of carbon.
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