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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
March 10, 2014 Santos denies aquifer contamination
ABC Online - Coal seam gas company Santos has denied an aquifer in north-west NSW has been contaminated by îwaterî leaking from a storage pond. Instead, the company says it's bailing out contaminated...
March 7, 2014 Trailblazing power plant is first to bury its carbonSource: new Scientist
A coal-fired power station in Canada is launching carbon capture and storage on a commercial scale. Could this make burning fossil fuels guilt-free? RISING above the endless plains of Saskatchewan, Canada's Boundary Dam power...
March 7, 2014 U.S. Hopes Boom in Natural Gas Can Curb PutinSource: NY Times
WASHINGTON — The crisis in Crimea is heralding the rise of a new era of American energy diplomacy, as the Obama administration tries to deploy the vast new supply of natural gas in the United States as a weapon to undercut the...
Research & Insights
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 PollSource: 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...
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
February 12, 2014 Enough Is Enough: Coal Pollution Spills Reveal a Water Safety CrisisSource: Huff Post
When it comes to rivers and clean, safe water, you don't know what you've got until it's gone. Hundreds of thousands of people have learned that the hard way over recent weeks, after a dangerous coal chemical spilled into the Elk...
February 10, 2014 Who's to Blame for Climate Change' (Op-Ed)
Yahoo! News - Elliott Negin is the director of news and commentary at the îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî (UCS). This article is adapted from a piece that appeared on the Huffington Post. Negin contributed this...
January 6, 2014 U.S. must be a leader on reducing carbon emissions -- Dan Slick
madison - But soldiers and sports fans know leaders are the ones who make sacrifices ... We must act together and find our way to a carbon-free future. The State Journal should have as an editorial priority a national...
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