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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

August 28, 2015 Digging into big coal's climate connections

The Guardian - A recent î??Union of Concerned Scientistsî?? analysis found that utility and energy companies are often unwilling to support publicly the climate change activities of the trade groups that represent...

August 25, 2015 How India can cut short-term carbon emissions by 70%

Source: Business Standard

As India works on its voluntary commitments to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Indian experts have explained how the country could cut its carbon emissions from short-lived climate pollutants by nearly three-fourths...

August 21, 2015 Global warming worsened the California drought, scientists say

Source: Washington Post

California’s drought was spawned by natural weather variations that have bedeviled the West throughout recorded history. But a new study released Thursday says human-caused global warming is worsening the natural phenomenon. The...

Research & Insights

August 24, 2015 Low carbon projects could support 60,000 jobs, claims report (Scotland)

Source: The National

REPORT exploring how Scotland’s engineering tradition can be harnessed to tackle fuel poverty, improve public health, create jobs and slash carbon emissions is launched today

August 21, 2015 China’s carbon count could be overstated by 14 pct – Nature

Source: Nature

BEIJING, International organisations could be overestimating emissions from China, the world’s biggest producer of greenhouse gasbecause of problems in the way they calculate their data, said a study published by Nature on...

August 12, 2015 Ex Machina: No Techno-Fix For Irreversible Ocean Collapse From Carbon Pollution

Source: Climate Progress

A new study finds there is no “deus ex machina” way to prevent a catastrophic collapse of ocean life for centuries if not millennia — if we don’t start slashing carbon pollution ASAP

Commentary & Opinion

August 18, 2015 Are absolute or intensity targets better to curb your carbon footprint?

Source: GreenBiz

When it comes to cutting carbon emissions, people frequently ask me which is better: setting an absolute emission reduction target or an intensity reduction target. Absolute reduction refers to the total quantity of greenhouse...

August 12, 2015 Why Misleading Americans About Climate Change Is Dangerous

Source: NY Times

Even as the Pope and some conservatives call for action on climate change, it remains common among Republican politicians to claim that the science on the issue is murky or inconclusive. The latest to take this position is Gov....

August 6, 2015 U.S. Emissions Rules Give Paris Climate Change Talks a Boost

Source: World Politics Review

On Monday, President Barack Obama unveiled the final version of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) rules. The new regulations, a tweak to initial rules that had been released in June 2014, are meant to...


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