From Kansas State University's:

Consortium for Agricultural Soils Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases



Charles W. Rice, K-State Department of Agronomy, National CASMGS Director

(785) 532-7217

Scott Staggenborg, K-State Department of Agronomy (785) 532-7214

Steve Watson, CASMGS Communications (785) 532-7105


June 20, 2005

No. 43



* Kansas Producers Enroll In Carbon Credit Pilot Project



* National Science Academies Call For Action on Global Warming






Kansas Producers Enroll In

Carbon Credit Pilot Project


Last February, a series of 12 meetings were held in various counties in Kansas to educate producers about carbon sequestration. As part of those meetings, a member of the Kansas Coalition for Carbon Management explained the details of the carbon credit pilot project offered by the Chicago Climate Exchange, through a contract with the Iowa Farm Bureau. This pilot project offered no-till producers and those with new grass plantings the chance to pool the carbon credits from that land in with credits from other Kansas producers and offer them for lease on the board of the Chicago Climate Exchange.


As a result of those meetings, 72 contracts were signed between Kansas producers and the Iowa Farm Bureau, representing 24 counties and a total of 75,462 acres. Of this total, 74,256 acres were from  no-till production.

Number of Contracts by County in Kansas

Anderson - 5
Brown - 5
Butler - 4
Chase - 1
Cloud - 1
Coffey - 1
Cowley - 1
Dickinson - 4
Greenwood - 2
Harvey - 1
Jackson - 1
Kearney - 1
Lyon - 2
Marion - 2
Marshall - 15
McPherson - 5
Miami - 5
Nemaha - 2
Ottawa - 1
Pottawattamie - 1
Republic - 3
Rice - 1
Riley - 4
Washington - 1
Woodson – 1


It should be noted that only counties in the eastern half of Kansas were allowed to enroll no-till acres in this pilot project, according to guidelines established by the Chicago Climate Exchange. Most other counties in Kansas, except some of those in southcentral Kansas, could enroll acres in new grass plantings. It is hoped that all of Kansas would be allowed to enroll no-till acres in any future carbon credit projects.


-- Steve Watson







National Science Academies Call For

Action on Global Warming

National Science Academies from 11 nations issued a Statement on June 7 calling for immediate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The academies that signed the statement are from: Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S.


The Statement urged G-8 countries, at their upcoming meeting in July, to "identify cost-effective steps that can be taken now to contribute to substantial and long-term reductions in net global greenhouse gas emissions."


The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit society of scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research.


The following are excerpts from the Statement:


“There is now strong evidence that significant global warming is occurring. The evidence comes from direct measurements of rising surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures and from phenomena such as increases in average global sea levels, retreating glaciers, and changes to many physical and biological systems. It is likely that most of the warming in recent decades can be attributed to human activities (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2001). This warming has already led to changes in the Earth's climate.


“The scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify nations taking prompt action. It is vital that all nations identify cost-effective steps that they can take now, to contribute to substantial and long-term reduction in net global greenhouse gas emissions. Action taken now to reduce significantly the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will lessen the magnitude and rate of climate change.


“As nations and economies develop over the next 25 years, world primary energy demand is estimated to increase by almost 60%. Fossil fuels . . . are projected to provide 85% of this demand (International Energy Agency, 2004). Minimizing the amount of this carbon dioxide reaching the atmosphere presents a huge challenge. There are many potentially cost-effective technological options that could contribute to stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations. These are at various stages of research and development. However barriers to their broad deployment still need to be overcome. Failure to implement significant reductions in net greenhouse gas emissions now, will make the job much harder in the future.


“We call on world leaders, including those meeting at the Gleneagles G8 Summit in July 2005, to:


* Acknowledge that the threat of climate change is clear and increasing.

* Launch an international study to explore scientifically informed targets for atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, and their associated emissions scenarios, that will enable nations to avoid impacts deemed unacceptable.

* Identify cost-effective steps that can be taken now to contribute to substantial and long-term reduction in net global greenhouse gas emissions. Recognize that delayed action will increase the risk of adverse environmental effects and will likely incur a greater cost.

* Work with developing nations to build a scientific and technological capacity best suited to their circumstances, enabling them to develop innovative solutions to mitigate and adapt to the adverse effects of climate change, while explicitly recognizing their legitimate development rights.

* Show leadership in developing and deploying clean energy technologies and approaches to energy efficiency, and share this knowledge with all other nations.

* Mobilize the science and technology community to enhance research and development efforts, which can better inform climate change decisions.”


For the complete statement, see:


-- Steve Watson






UPCOMING CONFERENCES (all dates are 2005 unless otherwise noted)


August 2-11

Carbon Cycle and Climate Symposium

Beijing, China

Conference website: 

Contact: Ying Ping Wang –


September 26-30

7th International CO2 Conference

Broomfield, CO

For more information:


November 13-17

Greenhouse 2005: Action on Climate Control

Melbourne, Australia

For more information: 

Contact: Paul Holper








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