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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

April 18, 2014 Earth Day 2014: Why The Public Isn't Warming To The Climate Change Debate

Source: Forbes

Many environmental activists, fueled by generous support from super-wealthy Democratic donors, are vowing to make climate change a top priority in the 2014 elections and beyond. There are several reasons they won’t be...

April 18, 2014 The List - 7 ways to celebrate Earth Day

Source: Star News

Earth Day falls on Tuesday this year, so it's not too early to start celebrating – or to start feeling bad about yourself. The Earth Day Network (EDN), a nonprofit organization of tree-huggers and do-gooders, suggests these...

April 18, 2014 Fighting Climate Change is Now Less Gloomy, More Optimistic... Even Fun!

Source: Huff Post Canada

Suddenly, the debate over climate change seems less shrill and a little bit more reasonable. Two things have changed the debate: The IPCC and the weather.Scientists have just got a lot better in explaining climate change in a...

Research & Insights

February 5, 2014 New Poll Finds Most Voters Want EPA To Limit Carbon Pollution From Power Plants

Source: Think Progress

According to the results of a Sierra Club national survey released Tuesday, seven-in-ten Americans favor the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) putting limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can release....

January 21, 2014 Investors Most Upbeat in 5 Years With Record 59% Bullish in Poll

Source: Bloomberg

On the eve of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, 59 percent of Bloomberg subscribers surveyed last week said the economic outlook is improving. That’s up from 33 percent in November and marks the...

January 8, 2014 Carbon Emissions In The Suburbs Dwarf Those In Cities, Says Study (MAP)

Source: Huff Post

When it comes to carbon emissions, don’t blame big cities -- blame the suburbs, says a new study from the University of California, Berkeley. The study, released Monday, found that population-dense cities contribute less...

Commentary & Opinion

April 16, 2014 Lynn Youngblood: A reflection for Mother Earth

Source: The Examiner

Do you know what big event is right around the corner? I will give you a hint – it is on April 22nd. That makes it Earth Day! This year brings the 44st Earth Day celebration since this special day was first named in 1970 by U.S....

April 9, 2014 Global Warming Scare Tactics

Source: NY Times

OAKLAND, Calif. — IF you were looking for ways to increase public skepticism about global warming, you could hardly do better than the forthcoming nine-part series on climate change and natural disasters, starting this Sunday on...

March 18, 2014 Were North Carolina Regulators Helping Duke Energy Avoid Big Fines?

Source: Moyers and Company

News broke last week that Duke Energy and its North Carolina regulator had worked together to minimize penalties the utility would have to pay for leeching chemicals into the drinking water. And this was before a coal ash spill...


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