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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
WRI - Last December, 196 countries adopted the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, creating the first universal pact to put the world on a path towards a zero-carbon, resilient future. Since then, some concrete steps have...
Source: NY Times
The X Prize Foundation has created an incentive, a $20 million prize for teams that by 2020 come up with technologies to turn CO2 captured from smokestacks of coal- or gas-fired power plants into useful products.
Climate change may render parts of the Middle East -- now home to over 500 million people -- too hot for humans, according to a new study.
Research & Insights
Source: The Week
Nearly half of the country is living with unhealthy, and potentially dangerous, levels of air pollution. That leaves 166 million Americans with increased risk of lung cancer, asthma attacks, heart disease, and reproductive issues.
Source: Washington Post
For a long time, there’s been one key part of the Earth system that, just maybe, could help us out a little bit with our global warming problem: Clouds
April 4, 2016 4 Climate Change Facts Everyone Should KnowSource: Inquisitr
“Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture, collecting many different types of information about or planet and its climate on a global scale.”
Commentary & Opinion
Source: The Guardian
It was a spectacular signal of global intent on Friday when more than 170 governments signed up to the Paris deal. But it’s just the start of a long, hard road
April 13, 2016 Earth Day 2016: A Historic Day For Earth's FutureSource: Forbes
Earth Day in 2016 will be one to remember for its significance on a global scale climate agreement between two economic powerhouses. The Earth Day movement, started in the 1970?s by John McConnell, has since seen billions take...
April 11, 2016 There are still far too many unanswered questions and dodgy data being used in the greenhouse gas debate
Newcastle Herald - The scary forecasts of runaway heating are based on complicated but narrowly-focussed carbon-centric computerised global circulation codels built for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)....
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