The carbon credits will be generated by Rentech Nitrogen as part of North America's first voluntary tertiary Nitrous Oxide (N2O) abatement system constructed at the plant in East Dubuque, IL in the summer of 2011 under the leadership of ClimeCo America and Rentech Nitrogen. Nitrous oxide has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 310 versus carbon dioxide with a GWP of one. Every ton of N2O destroyed by Rentech Nitrogen's abatement system generates 310 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent credits (carbon credits).
Update: I posted this item at 5:40 pm and 15 minutes later received an email from NASA GISS researcher Gavin Schmidt. I asked him if he'd like me to post his email as update and he sent me the version below...
These 49 people — only one of whom is an actual meteorologist — are an extremely tiny percentage of current (or former) NASA Employees.
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Under current ambient conditions, plant growth and development are typically carbon-limited, which is why plants generally exhibit increased growth and biomass production in response to atmospheric CO2 enrichment. Next to carbon, nitrogen is usually the second most limiting nutrient to plant growth, followed by phosphorus. Thus, although it is a less significant component of plant tissues than carbon and nitrogen, phosphorus is still required for successful life-cycle completion in many plant species; and, therefore, it is prudent to investigate aspects of plant phosphorus acquisition and biomass production in response to atmospheric CO2 enrichment when phosphorus concentrations in soils are less than optimal.