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Maritime projects to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions : injecting CO2 into concrete and trimming methane emissions from dairy herds / Phone-in: "Do you think carbon-trading will reduce greenhouse gas emissions ?"

Today's Show Is Brought To You By The Element Carbon... and the gas molecules that include it. We explored ways that the Climate Change issue has penetrated some very traditional businesses in the Maritimes - creating opportunities, but also some unanswered questions.
And speaking of questions - when you see a grey slab of concrete, do you ever think about its potential for having a positive effect on the environment ?
Robert Niven does. He's an engineer in Halifax, and he's come up with a way to turn this grey mass into something green, by storing carbon emissions in it.
Douglas Gelevan brought us the story

That Other Greenhouse Gas: Thanks to the methane they emit at both ends, farm animals have a pretty substantial carbon hoofprint themselves. And some people want to fix that.
Bible Hill Nova Scotia's Atlantic BioVenture Centre is trying to attract a project that would reduce bovine methane by feeding them a garlic extract. If it works, it could open the door to two things : a new market niche in dairy products and carbon credits - a new revenue stream for farmers. For an explanation, we contacted Dr. Richard Ablett of the Atlantic BioVenture Centre. He's working with a company from Wales to set up the project.

To Market, To Market: The question of what to do with carbon-based gases reminds me of what someone in the pulp and paper industry said to me many years ago : "Pollution is just a name for something we haven't found a market for yet."
These days, Maritime industries that substantially reduce their emissions by adopting greener technology can now enter a market where they can sell carbon credits. Minas Basin Pulp & Power, for instance, has sold 62,000 tonnes' worth over the past few years.
The push to reduce carbon emissions has opened up what Mark Schapiro has called "the fastest-growing commodities market on earth". Mr Schapiro is a journalist whose February, 2010 article in Harper's Magazine ("Conning the Climate : Inside the Carbon-Trading Shell Game") takes a critical look at that market. It's a market which can link garlic-eating, methane-reduced cows in the Maritimes (which we heard about on today's show) with people known as "emissions assessors" and "carbon developers", who roam the world, connecting carbon reducers with carbon polluters. And as with any commodities market, there are potential profits to be made.
Mark Schapiro joined us from a studio at the University of California in Berkeley. Our question : "Do you think carbon-trading will reduce greenhouse gas emissions ?"  
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