negotiating sessions at the United Nations, Canada argued for the inclusion
of agricultural sinks without explicit limits. This was agreed to. Limits
were defined for forest sinks in the developed countries and the stage was
set to develop procedures for establishing and verifying the capacity of
agricultural sinks don’t seem to have garnered much attention in the media
although their potential is of keen interest to the agriculture sector of
Canada’s economy. Few of the many casual observers of the climate change
scene seem to notice to date that taking maximum advantage of sinks will
require land water, and nutrients.
|Energy can be
used to provide water and nutrients.
|One of the
participants in last falls Alberta Irrigation Projects Association conference
was asked to make some projections for the future. One tongue-in cheek
suggestion was that natural gas pipelines might ultimately be converted to
pump water south from Alberta’s North.