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Cornell Professors Johannes Lehmann (CSS), Antonio Bento (AEM), and Sean Sweeney (ILR/GLI) will be presenting at COP16 in Cancun, Mexico between November 29 and December 10, 2010. 

Cornell Professors to Present in Cancun

November 29, 2010

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Cornell Professors Johannes Lehmann (CSS), Antonio Bento (AEM), and Sean Sweeney (ILR/GLI) will be presenting at COP16 in Cancun, Mexico between November 29 and December 10, 2010.

Johannes LehmannProf. Johannes Lehmann (CSS)

Johannes Lehmann, associate professor of crop and soil sciences:

  • Tuesday, November 30, 4:45-6:15pm, Cancún Messe – Room Águila
    Sustainable agriculture and terrestrial C management: Research and best practices to inform climate policy
    Cornell university and the sustainable agriculture network share research and on-the-ground experiences incorporating mitigation and adaptation activities in agriculture, including soil organic C management strategies and C management using biochar systems, and discuss policy implications. (In partnership with the Rainbow Alliance and Pronatura Sur).
  • Friday, December 3, 8:15-9:45 pm, Cancún Messe – Cacao Room
    Biochar’s mitigation potential for global agricultural systems and soil benefits: crediting approaches
    Panel hosted by the International Biochar Initiative. Debbie Reed (International Biochar Initiative) will discuss how biochar may be credited under different crediting mechanisms, and present a proposal for a robust methodology for quantification of biochar emission reductions and the development of stringent evaluation guidelines to enable crediting of biochar systems. Johannes Lehmann (Cornell University) will propose tools to measure biochar stability, review the role that soil improvement plays for soil biochar sequestration, and provide recent evidence from field experimentation. Thea Whitman (Cornell University) will present a detailed study of how the introduction of a biochar-producing cook stove into a small farm household in western Kenya would impact carbon stocks and flows within the system. Field data, system dynamics modeling and sensitivity analyses are used to investigate effects on soil organic carbon, crop growth, and stove GHG emissions.


Antonio BentoProf. Antonio Bento (AEM)

Antonio Bento, associate professor of Applied Economics and Management:

  • Saturday, December 4, 9:00am-6:30pm Agriculture and Rural Development Day – Ideas Marketplace
    Can Agricultural Carbon Offsets Lower the Costs of Cap-and-Trade Programs? Opportunities and Challenges
    Agricultural carbon offsets can provide cost-effective solutions to reduce GHG emissions under national and international cap-and-trade programs.

    Cornell University researchers have recently developed a large computable general equilibrium model to measure the cost-savings from including carbon offsets from agriculture in cap-and-trade programs. This research group has developed a framework to empirically measure the extent of non-additional offsets, the potential magnitude of leakage and design strategic baselines to maximize the reliability of offsets from agriculture. This session will summarize the key results from this research program and highlight the critical significance that various agricultural projects can have in effectively reduce the overall costs of cap-and-trade programs.

    Special attention will be given to various strategies to design contracts to engage the agricultural sector in the production of permanent offsets. Finally, the session will also highlight the interactions between sectorial energy policies — e.g. policies that promote the expansion of biofuels — with policies that aim to maximize the production of agricultural offsets.


Sean SweeneyProf. Sean Sweeney (ILR/GLI)

Sean Sweeney, director of the Global Labor Institute at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations:

  • December 4, 4pm-6pm
    Building a Global Alliance between Trade Unions and the Climate Justice Movement
    Speakers: Bill McKibben,; Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians; Roger Toussaint, Transport Workers Union, U.S.; Becki Ntshalintshali, Confederation of South African Trade Unions (TBC)
  • December 6, 10am- 2pm
    “Trade Union Day” at the People’s Dialogue (Dialogo)
  •  December 7, 11am- 3pm
    ITUC World of Work Pavilion
    Workshops include: Perspective on Energy Transition and Towards Sustainable, Low-Carbon Mobility: Transport Workers and Climate Change