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Feds To Track Voluntary Reductions in Greenhouse Gases

posted on March 25, 2005

The government said this week it will start keeping track of all the greenhouse gases that farmers and foresters voluntarily reduce to help combat global warming.

Officials in the Energy and Agriculture Departments issued guidelines for counting those efforts. They said the action indicates how serious the Bush administration views the problem of gases that trap heat in the atmosphere like a greenhouse.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said farm and forest landowners now have "a unique opportunity to be part of the solution to greenhouse gas emissions," such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, refrigerants, and other compounds.

For example, he said they can report using no-till agriculture, installing a waste digester, improving nutrient management or managing forest land in ways that reduce those gases.

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