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What does a carbon monitor look like?
Imagine a gauge that could actively represent the catchment of excess carbon in the atmosphere. A gauge that could demonstrate old growth forests stored carbon value balanced against the price of carbon dioxide emissions via “carbon credits” needed by polluting industries still producing greenhouse gas emissions.
Utilizing a formula within a biologically based banking system of carbon credits, (one carbon credit equals a ton of carbon dioxide equivalent, each greenhouse gas with its own specific weighted value), the Carbon Farming Initiative is one such banking model being considered by the Australian Government, in concert with their Kyoto obligations. This proposal includes a formula that would weigh one 100 meter high Eucalyptus regnans trees’ stored carbon (approximately 100 tons carbon/trees lifetime) at the density of 10 trees/hectare which would equal 1,000 tons carbon/hectare multiplied by $50 (US)/ton of carbon to provide a calculation basis for quantifying carbon credit. The value of carbon credit represented within their mature mountain ash forest can total over 180 billion dollars of purchased of carbon credit capitol given by greenhouse gas producing industries.
A visible color change of the monitor would represent the carbon bio-banking formula at work. Using nanotechnology, the hypothetical gauge would incrementally change the color of a one kilometer long, solar-skinned glass monitor, proposed for the coastal village of Hobart. This nanotechnology-biomass monitor would produce a color shift from red to increasingly green, which would demonstrate the continued growth of purchased carbon credit capitol.
Imagine a bio-bank that could demonstrate the ongoing work to balance the world’s carbon emissions and carbon sequestration, through a country’s efforts to leverage their conservation possibilities using its valued forest resource. Imagine an option with incentive to stop the destruction of the old growth forest from continued decline and depletion by its (finite) logging industry.
Imagine a trend of raising banners to demonstrate the positive effort to understanding and mitigating our negative impact on climate change. Imagine a way to save the Australian Tasmanian forest and its biodiversity.
Is this what a carbon monitor looks like… accountability making “green”?