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Facts & Figures
Here are some fact sheets produced by the NZAGRC to help explain the context in which the NZAGRC research fits.
The structure of agricultural greenhouse gas research funding in New Zealand
This publication is a guide to New Zealand's way of funding greenhouse gas research in New Zealand including ways the funds work in partnership to grow New Zealand's understanding and contribution to real solutions to tackle climate change.
Reducing New Zealand's agricultural emissions: Mapping soil organic carbon stocks
This publication provides an overview of how we can map the amount of carbon stored in New Zealand soils.
Reducing New Zealand's Agricultural Emissions: Gibberellins
This publication provides an overview of the impact of gibberellins on grazed grasslands and the potential for gibberellins to mitigate farm nitrous oxide emissions.
Reducing New Zealand's agricultural emissions: Efficiency in the whole farm system
This publication provides an overview of how the NZAGRC is working with other organisations to understand what efficiencies can be gained on New Zealand's sheep and beef farms.
Reducing New Zealand's agricultural emissions: Soil Carbon
This publication provides an overview of what soil carbon is, how we can measure and determine the changes over time and what New Zealand's current soil carbon levels are. this publication was produced in collaboration with the University of Waikato and released at the National Fielddays 2015.
Reducing New Zealand's agricultural emissions: How we measure emissions (edition 2)
This publication provides an overview of the particular measurement techniques used to provide us with more information on New Zealand's GHG emissions.
Reducing New Zealand's agricultural emissions: What we are doing (Edition 2)
This publication provides an overview of the GHG mitigation work been undertaken in New Zealand.
Reducing our agricultural GHG emissions: How we are getting there
Reducing New Zealand's agricultural greenhouse gas emissions without sacrificing production gains is what we are working to achieve through the NZAGRC-PGgRc science programme.
Find out more about New Zealand's agricultural GHG emissions instensity profile and what we need to do to ensure we can achieve economic growth targets, meet our international commitments and decrease our total agricultural GHG emissions in the next few years.
How we are getting there (0.55MB)
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Economic and Policy Implications of Alternative GHG Metrics
Agriculture emits a range of greenhouse gases. Evaluating the effectiveness of mitigation strategies requires a way to compare the contribution of individual gases to overall emissions. This is usually done by converting emissions of methane and nitrous oxide into so-called "carbon dioxide equivalents" using a simple multiplier.
However, there is more way than one to compare apples and oranges, and the same applies to different greenhouse gases. This fact sheet describes the most common equivalence metric, the Global Warming Potential, used by the UNFCCC and in the Kyoto Protocol. Alternative metrics exist though and could give very different weight in particular to methane. The fact sheet highlights the potential implications of alternative metrics - globally, and for New Zealand - for our collective efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions and projected climate change at least cost.
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Impacts of Global Climate Change on New Zealand Agriculture
Climate change presents multiple challenges to New Zealand. Some are direct - such as climatic impacts on domestic agricultural production, or domestic climate policies - but further, indirect impacts could come from overseas, via trade, such as climate-induced production shifts, global responses to greenhouse gas mitigation measures, consumer perceptions and reputational issues.
These international flow-on effects are complex and hard to quantify, but they are an important part of the overall picture. Many climate impacts and responses overseas - such as increased demand, higher returns, competitive advantage and smart marketing - could help to offset domestic weather impacts and emissions mitigation costs. This fact sheet summarises what we currently know about these multiple influences, and how they can inform New Zealand's response to climate change.
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The Impact of Livestock Agriculture on Climate Change
There is robust scientific evidence that the climate is changing, and that most of the warming observed over the past 50 years is due to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations from human activities. This fact sheet summarises why, and how, livestock agriculture contributes to climate change, and why limiting the projected global increase in those emissions is seen as a key component of dealing with climate change.
With almost half of our emissions from agriculture, New Zealand is unique in the developed world. Understanding the global contribution of agriculture to climate change provides important context for New Zealand's efforts to enable agriculture to continue to create wealth in a carbon constrained world.
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