SOMEONE needs to tell the Prime Minister that global warming and agroforestry are yesterdays failed fads.
According to an ongoing media study by Max Boykoff and Maria Mansfield interest in anthropogenic global warming is on the wane. It is difficult to see the situation turning around unless there is a climate catastrophe of some sort that can be blamed on carbon dioxide emissions.
Indeed issues come and go, and anthropogenic climate change is likely to be one of those issues that are eventually forgotten; a fad that passes with the passing of time.
In Europe and the US, legislative initiatives are being shelves, yet the Australian government seems determined to push on with its carbon tax.
As part of a package of sweeteners to accompany the new carbon tax to be announced tomorrow by the Australian Prime Minister, farmers are likely to be encouraged to invest in carbon sequestration schemes in particular to plant trees and store carbon in the soil. 
Investing in soil carbon makes good sense, but investing in agroforestry… Such schemes were pushed hard a decade or so ago with lots of promise and lots of subsidises but many have already ended with financial ruin.