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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
February 27, 2015 Oil rebounds, with Brent set for biggest monthly gain since 2009Source: MarketWatch
Crude-oil futures rebounded Friday, with Brent crude set for its biggest monthly gain in nearly six years, ahead of U.S. rig-count data due later in the trading day, and Chinese official manufacturing numbers expected over the...
February 27, 2015 Czech tax on carbon permits incompatible with EU law: courtSource: Reuters
A Czech tax imposed in 2011 and 2012 on carbon emission allowances granted to companies for free breached a European Union directive, the European Union’s Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.
February 27, 2015 A lot of fracking questions in KentuckySource: State-Journal
While landowners pleaded to senators for a moratorium on fracking during a bill hearing to update regulations on oil and gas production, some later felt silenced at a permit hearing, which could allow the first deep-well...
Research & Insights
February 27, 2015 First Direct Observation of Carbon Dioxide’s Increasing Greenhouse Effect at the Earth’s SurfaceSource: Berkeley Lab
Scientists have observed an increase in carbon dioxide’s greenhouse effect at the Earth’s surface for the first time. The researchers, led by scientists from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...
February 12, 2015 Goldman: Here's Why Oil Crashed—and Why Lower Prices Are Here to StaySource: Bloomberg
Goldman Sachs released an intriguing analysis on Wednesday that shows what many already suspected: The big culprit in the oil crash has been an abundance of oil flooding the market. A massive supply shock in the second half of...
February 3, 2015 Cities that meet air standards in China: 8Source: CNN
Hong Kong—Only eight Chinese cities met the country's air quality standards in 2014, according to China's Ministry of Environmental Protection, although this was an improvement on 2013 when just three made the grade
Commentary & Opinion
February 25, 2015 Keystone Solution Runs Through CanadaSource: Michael Bloomberg
The Keystone XL pipeline has become a perfect symbol of Washington’s dysfunction. Democrats exaggerate its environmental impact while Republicans exaggerate its economic benefits. In the debate, each side talks past the other,...
February 23, 2015 How Fracking Saved America's Economy While Helping The EnvironmentSource: Seeking Alpha
A combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking has opened up oil and gas production from shale formations. Since the widespread adoption of fracking, American crude production (NYSEARCA:USO) has soared from just over
February 5, 2015 Breakingviews: Shell oils gears for climate-activist investorsSource: Reuters
Shell has oiled the gears for climate-activist investors. The Anglo-Dutch energy firm announced last week that it is backing a resolution from a group of shareholders wanting more disclosure about how climate change might affect...
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