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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2022) 67(1): 44
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Applying Occam’s razor to carbon forestry in NZ

Mark Bloomberg *,1

1 Adjunct Senior Fellow at Te Kura Ngahere - New Zealand School of Forestry, University of Canterbury. Email:
*Corresponding author.

Abstract: Occam’s razor is the well-known problem-solving principle that simpler explanations and solutions are generally better than more complex ones. It was socalled because it shaved the fuzzy and overly-complex arguments of the medieval scholars who were William of Occam’s contemporaries. Here I attempt to apply Occam’s razor to the complex topic of carbon forestry within the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. Fortunately, I have a sharp blade handy in the form of a submission to the Productivity Commission in 2017 by my colleagues at Te Kura Ngahere|School of Forestry, David Evison and Euan Mason (see Submission-Documents/8468ef412c/Sub-027-David- Evison-and-Euan-Mason.pdf). Their submission asked, ‘How do we contribute to reducing global greenhouse gases through a genuine reduction in New Zealand’s emissions?’
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