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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
December 18, 2014 Washington governor unveils carbon cap-and-trade planSource: Reuters
Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Wednesday laid out a plan for a carbon cap-and-trade program aimed at fighting global warming and raising $1 billion a year for state schools and public transportation initiatives, but he will...
December 18, 2014 U.S. power plant emissions fall as regulation looms
International Business Times - Second-quarter carbon dioxide emissions were down 10 percent in the îRegional Greenhouse Gas Initiativeî service area, where they can be monitored, mostly due to cool weather in the...
Source: The Guardian
The Waigaoqiao coal-fired power plant located in Shanghai has been violating China’s national standards for nitrogen oxides every week since new standards came into force in July, according to analysis of publicly available...
Research & Insights
December 16, 2014 The charts that show we're living through Earth's warmest year on recordSource: Mashable
This year is almost certain to become the warmest year the planet has had since instrument records began, and very likely for at least 4,000 years before that.
December 5, 2014 Long-term environmental damage by CO2 emissions: Study
KhaleejTimes - CO2 emissions cause global temperatures to increase for about a decade, but then temperatures stay high for a long time. Washington -Refuting common misconceptions that todayâs carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions...
December 4, 2014 Poll: 83% of Americans say climate is changingSource: USA Today
Eight out of 10 Americans now believe the climate is changing, according to a new survey conducted for Munich Re America, the world's largest reinsurance firm.
Commentary & Opinion
December 9, 2014 The Heat Is On: Three Ways To Avoid Climate Armageddon
Forbes - The UN îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) report echoes the work released by 13 US federal government agencies this past spring predicting that climate change would harm the American economy...
December 3, 2014 Oil Investors May Be Running Off a Cliff They Can’t SeeSource: Bloomberg
A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany’s biggest power company and an intriguing letter from the Bank of England
November 19, 2014 The moral issue of climate changeSource: 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...
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