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


August 27, 2004

No. 37



* USDA Greenhouse Gas Symposium, March 21-24, 2005 In Baltimore

* Carbon Dioxide Trading Reaches Milestone On CCX

* New U.S. Government Report Points To Emissions As One Of The Causes Of Global Warming



* Carbon Farming Potential In Western Australia 






USDA GREEnhouse gas Symposium,

march 21-24, 2005 in baltimore


Mark your calendars now for March 21-24, 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland. Those are the dates for the upcoming USDA Symposium, “Greenhouse Gases in Agriculture and Forestry: Refining Knowledge and Building Tools.” The Symposium is being organized by CASMGS and Kansas State University.


The USDA Greenhouse Gas Symposium involves a comprehensive examination of the latest research on sources and sinks of the three primary greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane) related to cropland, forests, rangeland, and wetlands. Scientists from around the world are invited to submit papers for oral or poster presentations.


Starting September 15, 2004, check for the latest updates and online registration for the USDA Greenhouse Gas Symposium at:


(Note: Before that date, this will not be a functioning link.)


The Symposium will be held at the Wyndham Baltimore - Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. The preregistration fee is $295. For more information, contact Keith Schlesinger, SSSA, at or Chuck Rice, Kansas State University CASMGS, at


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Carbon Dioxide Trading Reaches

Milestone On CCX 


During the month of June, 130,000 metric tonnes of CO2 was traded on the

Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), taking the total volume traded since the December launch past one million tonnes. The majority of trades in June were for 2006 allowances, which traded between $0.88 and $0.99 per tonne, according to the CCX News, July 1, 2004. See:






New U.S. Government Report Points to

Emissions As ONE of the Causes Of Global Warming


According to a new report from the U.S. Climate Change Science Program to Congress, federal research indicates that emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are one of the likely causes of global warming over the period from 1950-1999.


For more information, see:







Carbon Farming Potential

in Western Australia 


There is a large potential carbon sink in Western Australia, through both the reforestation of farmland (maximum potential sink estimated to be 2,091 Mt CO2-e, across 16.7 Mha of cleared farmland) and the destocking of pastoral lands (an estimated 3,072 Mt CO2-e in biomass and soils for a 20-year period following 100% destocking), according to an article in the June/July 2004 Australasian Emissions Trading Forum Review by Richard Harper and Chris Mitchell, CRCGA; and Tony Beck, Beck Consulting Services. Their analysis was based on carbon prices between $5-15/t CO2e. Although carbon sinks are generally unlikely to be a profitable stand-alone enterprise under present price projections, they will be a valuable adjunct to reforestation schemes that are aimed at providing other products (wood, pulp, bioenergy) and land and water conservation benefits.


The entire article can be found at:







September 5-9, 2004

Seventh International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control

Vancouver, Canada

For more information, see:


September 19-22, 2004

Emissions Marketing Association 8th Annual Fall Meeting and International Conference

Toronto, Canada

For more information, see:


September 21-23, 2004

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Expert Meeting on Industrial Technology Development, Transfer and Diffusion

Tokyo, Japan

For more information, see:


March 1-3, 2005

Carbon Market Insights 2005

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

For more information, see:


March 21-24, 2005

USDA Greenhouse Gas Symposium

Baltimore, MD

For more information, contact Chuck Rice

After Sept. 15, 2004, more details can be found at:

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