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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

May 26, 2016 These scientists made their own clouds, and what they found could require us to rethink how fast the earth is warming

Source: Business Insider

A new experiment looking at clouds is about to change the way we think about climate change.

May 25, 2016 Air and water problems are worsening on a global scale, U.N. says

Source: Washington Post

In a sweeping synthesis of global data, the United Nations Environment Programme has intensively catalogued environmental assaults across the six different major regions of the globe. And it finds that, overall, damage to the...

May 24, 2016 New Mexico sues EPA, mine owners over massive gold mine waste spill

Source: Reuters

New Mexico sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an agency contractor and two mining companies on Monday over the 2015 breach of an abandoned Colorado gold mine that spilled some 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater...

Research & Insights

May 17, 2016 In Latin America, Forests May Rise to Challenge of Carbon Dioxide

Source: NY Times

A new study reports that recently established forests on abandoned farmland in Latin America, if allowed to grow for another 40 years, would probably be able to suck at least 31 billion tons of carbon dioxide out of the...

May 12, 2016 WHO: 4 in 5 city dwellers live in overpolluted urban areas

Source: CNN

New research released Thursday found that air quality levels exceed WHO limits for 80% of those living in urban areas that track air pollution, putting people more at risk for respiratory diseases, stroke, heart disease and lung...

May 9, 2016 After the Pacific Ocean swallows villages and five Solomon Islands, a study blames climate change

Source: Washington Post

The scene of this rising sea is an archipelago of upthrust volcanoes and coral atolls, which dots the Pacific to the northeast of Australia: the Solomon Islands. There, a swollen sea is claiming the shoreline — and even,...

Commentary & Opinion

April 25, 2016 Editorial: The Guardian view on the UN climate change treaty: now for some action

Source: The Guardian

It was a spectacular signal of global intent on Friday when more than 170 governments signed up to the Paris deal. But it’s just the start of a long, hard road

April 13, 2016 Earth Day 2016: A Historic Day For Earth's Future

Source: Forbes

Earth Day in 2016 will be one to remember for its significance on a global scale climate agreement between two economic powerhouses. The Earth Day movement, started in the 1970?s by John McConnell, has since seen billions take...

April 11, 2016 There are still far too many unanswered questions and dodgy data being used in the greenhouse gas debate

Newcastle Herald - The scary forecasts of runaway heating are based on complicated but narrowly-focussed carbon-centric computerised global circulation codels built for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)....


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