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Carbon Emissions Reduction, Carbon Cap and Trade, Carbon Footprint Analysis
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Carbon is a chemical element which is the stuff of life – carbon atoms are found in all living things on Earth. Downside: the combustion of carbon-based fuels (such as coal and oil) leads to a build up of “Greenhouse Gases,” (GhG’s) including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide (NoX), which trap heat in the atmosphere. We call this Global Warming as the atmospheric effects cause the Earth to heat up.
The effects of global warming could include changing climate conditions, rising seas (as polar caps melt), interruptions in agricultural production, and destruction of ecosystems. Governments, advocates, investors, lenders and others are encouraging corporations to reduce their carbon footprint. The objectives are to reduce risk, moderate the impact of the enterprise on the environment, reduce operating and capital costs, and to be a better corporate citizen. Cutting carbon use / carbon emissions have become an important corporate strategy.* In this section we bring you news and updates, research and insights, commentary and opinion, and other resources of value to all stakeholders in the effort to reduce GhG’s and the effects of global warming.
*As the chair of PricewaterhouseCoopers observed in 2008: Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) findings show a clear trend that carbon reduction is becoming a key component of business strategy. As CEOs we see it and long-term institutional investors see it…
--Dennis Nally, PWC at global launch of the CDP
News & Updates
Macleans.ca - The panel is to be co-chaired by Ferric New ell, the former CEO of Sync rude Canada, and by the head of the îInternational Institute for Sustainable Developmentî, Scotty Vaughan. > 2553
December 12, 2013 Major businesses call on UK government to back a low carbon economy
wwf.org.uk - Renewable Energy Association Chief Executive Dr Nina Skorupska "The rate of cost reduction in solar power has ... Chief Economist of RES âThe devastation done by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines was an...
December 11, 2013 EBRD Scraps Most Financing for Coal Power PlantsSource: Bloomberg
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will scrap most assistance for coal-fired power plants, joining the World Bank and the U.S. in a retreat from supporting the most polluting fossil fuel.
Research & Insights
December 2, 2013 Climate Casino’: An Overview of Global WarmingSource: NY Times
“The Climate Casino,” by William Nordhaus, provided compelling answers to my unanswered questions in a comprehensive and lucid way. It is a one-stop source on global warming, seen through the prism of a brilliant economist
A new report shows the rate of progress on decarbonising the global economy is too slow to meet carbon reduction targets, as CEOs continue to focus on growth, resilience and reputation
September 30, 2013 Report Summary UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ChangeSource: UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Working Group I contribution to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) considers new evidence of climate change based on many independent scientific analyses from observations of the climate system, paleoclimate archives,...
Commentary & Opinion
November 14, 2013 Why the EPA would be wise to slow its carbon agenda
Dallas Morning News - In the most sweeping step to date in this administrationâs environmentally futile but inevitably damaging climate action plan, the Environmental Protection Agency has begun field hearings on planned...
November 8, 2013 Nuclear: A surprisingly progressive solution to climate changeSource: CNN
Last week a leaked draft of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that climate change will have severe ramifications for the global food supply, making it harder for crops to survive and leading to...
November 8, 2013 Will We Ever be Prepared for Climate Change?Source: Moyers and Company
Last week, an early draft of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was leaked to bloggers and picked up in the mainstream press. The first installment of that report, released in September, stated that human...
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