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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

July 2, 2015 Germany to shut down coal-fired plants, extend power grid: sources

Source: Reuters

The German government decided on Thursday to order the shutdown of several coal-fired plants in order to reach its ambitious climate goals by 2020, government sources told Reuters.

July 1, 2015 With Paris conference looming, Brazil, China and the U.S. pledge more investments in clean energy

Daily Kos - At $89 billion in 2014, China already is investing more in clean energy projects than any other nation. A recent study by Bloomberg îNew Energy Financeî predicted that China will invest $3.4 trillion in...

June 30, 2015 Coal industry scores a win but fate of plants still in air

Source: Washington Post

BILLINGS, Mont. — Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic...

Research & Insights

July 1, 2015 Greenhouse Gases the Biggest Extinction-Level Threat to Polar Bears

Guardian LV - By using sea ice data from the UNâs îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî to create forecast models to the end of the century, researchers were able to create two scenarios with different...

June 29, 2015 Renewables could account for 50% of EU electricity by 2030, according to leaked paper

Blue & Green Tomorrow - The vice-chair of the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî, Professor Jim Skea, has previously commented that the EU 2030 targets do not go far enough. He explained that future...

June 25, 2015 Study: Electric Cars Worse For Environment Than Gas Powered Cars

Source: Daily Caller

A study published by the nonpartisan National Bureau of Economic Research found that on a per-mile basis electric cars were on average worse for the environment when compared to their gas-run counterparts.r3 The study concluded...

Commentary & Opinion

June 30, 2015 The climate change disaster

The Express Tribune - The fifth Assessment Report of the UN îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî, released earlier this year, had already warned of increasing intensity of heatwaves across South Asia, with...

June 30, 2015 Talking Point: Cataclysmic climate change much more of a threat than terrorism

The Mercury - Progress towards reaching the 2020 target seems to be due mainly to what analyst îRepuTexî calls âsystemically overstatedâ official emissions figures. It says lower export growth and...

June 25, 2015 Thinking beyond a global carbon price

Source: The Economist

LAST month the G7 heads of state reaffirmed their commitment to stabilising global temperature rise at no more than 2°C above preindustrial levels. That in itself was not new: the 2°C goal was formally adopted in 2010 by the 195...


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