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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
Environmental Leader - In association with The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project, the groups sent an open letter to political leaders worldwide calling for such standards. Also in the world of accounting and...
May 23, 2013 House Passes Keystone Bill as White House Vows VetoSource: Bloomberg
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the eighth time congressional Republicans have advanced a measure promoting the project. Democrats called yesterday’s vote in the...
May 23, 2013 Climate Change, Carbon Bubble and New York's Green Bank ESG Environmental, Social and Governance investment industry shines the spotlight on N YSource: TBLI Group
Amsterdam – The 1st edition of the TBLI CONFERENCE™ USA 2013 in New York, from June 17-18 at UFT, 52 Broadway, supported by UN Global Compact and in cooperation with research partner The Sasakawa Foundation, targets urgent ESG...
Research & Insights
May 22, 2013 Disarming Senators, Apple Chief Eases Tax TensionsSource: NY Times
WASHINGTON — Timothy D. Cook came to the lion’s den on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, prepared to face down lawmakers furious over evidence that Apple, the famous company he runs, had avoided paying billions in taxes. By the time Mr....
May 13, 2013 Study: Climate change will cut habitats by 2080Source: USA Today
Climate change leaves many plants and animals only a few decades to adjust. A study warns that losses of living space will afflict plants and animals worldwide, raising extinction worries.
April 22, 2013 Climate Change is Finally Real for the American PeopleSource: Triple Pundit
2012 seems set to go down in history as the year in which climate change became real for the United States. Over a period of six months, New York City flooded, the biggest drought in half a century settled into the Midwest, and...
Commentary & Opinion
Source: Huff Post
International aviation is on course for a rough landing in our warming world. Air travel is growing rapidly -- and so are aviation emissions, which are already responsible for 5 percent of the warming effect of global greenhouse...
April 12, 2013 The Carbon Tax Is OverratedSource: Bloomberg
It's easy to see why. The theoretical argument is convincing. Negative externalities -- social costs created, but not considered, in private transactions -- ought to be "internalized" through taxes on the activities in question....
April 4, 2013 Has global warming stopped' Temps steady for a decade
examiner.com - This is important because the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) warned that rising greenhouse gas emissions would lead to rising temps, which would lead to environmental disasters. In...
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