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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

November 25, 2014 Dispute over Big Bend skies tied to issue of coal-fired power plants

Source: Houston Chronicle

Federal regulators are taking their fight with Texas over pollution from coal-fired power plants to an unlikely new front: Big Bend National Park. The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday proposed costly new scrubbers and...

November 25, 2014 Prospects rise for a 2015 U.N. climate deal, but likely to be weak

Source: Reuters

global deal to combat climate change in 2015 looks more likely after promises for action by China, the United States and the European Union, but any agreement will probably be too weak to halt rising temperatures. Delegates from...

November 24, 2014 OPEC's Easy Days Setting Oil Production Are Over, Veteran Says; You Need Russia, Norway, Mexico

Source: Bloomberg

The days when OPEC members could almost guarantee consensus when deciding production levels for oil are long gone, according to a veteran of almost two decades of the group’s meetings.

Research & Insights

November 17, 2014 This Map Shows All The Ways Climate Change Will Screw The Whole World

Yahoo Finance - The biggest climate-related risks vary across different regions of the world. The handy chart below, published by the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî last Sunday, shows which regions should...

November 10, 2014 Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions

Source: The Guardian (UK)

"This study is a crucial step forward in our understanding of the evolution of the climate crisis. The public and private sectors alike must do what is necessary to stop global warming," Gore told the Guardian. "Those who are...

November 10, 2014 Dirty coal power plants could still be running in 2030, scientists warn (UK)

Source: Business Green

The UK's coal power stations could operate into the 2030s and risk breaching mandatory emissions reduction targets unless the government acts, a report has found.

Commentary & Opinion

November 19, 2014 The moral issue of climate change

Source: Washington Post

The politics of selfishness was embraced enthusiastically last week by Sen. Mitch McConnell. In dismissing President Obama’s deal with China to reduce carbon emissions, the incoming Senate majority leader said “carbon emission...

November 17, 2014 Editorial: Pipeline undermines climate objectives

The Pitt News - At the summit, President Obama conveyed urgency to other nations regarding climate change â this came in the wake of the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeîâs (IPCC) report that...

November 10, 2014 If capitalism is the cause of climate change, then what's the solution?

Source: The Week

What are the causes of climate change? That may sound like a simple question to answer: carbon emissions, duh. But when we think of the ur-culprit of climate change, we would have to point the finger at a global economic system...


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