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17 August 2017

There are compelling reasons to find ways to regularly and accurately measure soil carbon deep into the root zone across the full extent of cropping and pastoral lands, however, currently this remains a technological aspiration. The barriers to achieving a cost-effective solution are challenging but hopefully not insurmountable. There has been a strong commitment globally to carbon accounting and if these schemes are to be broadly successful, agriculture must be able to take advantage of, and contribute to, the economic and environmental benefits.

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  • 16 August 2017
    What’s Next?

    The Japanese foreign and defence ministers will meet with their US counterparts in Washington, DC on 17 August. The 37th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government wraps up in Pretoria on 20 August.

  • 1 August 2017
    What’s Next?

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will be inaugurated for his second term in Tehran on 5 August. Kenya will hold a general election on 8 August. South African President Jacob Zuma will face a no-confidence motion in Parliament on 8 August.

  • 25 July 2017
    What’s Next?

    The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) national security advisers’ meeting will be held in Beijing on 27-28 July. Iraqi Foreign Minister Dr Ibrahim al-Jaafari completes his first official visit to India on 28 July.

  • 19 July 2017
    What’s Next?

    Chinese and US officials will meet in Washington on 19 July for the US-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue. Timor-Leste will hold its parliamentary election on 22 July.


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