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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

July 30, 2015 The confounding case of the missing carbon

Source: CBS News

For several decades, scientists have seen searching for about a billion tons of carbon dioxide generated from the burning of fossil fuels.

July 28, 2015 Meet the Mega-Structure That Sucks CO2 Emissions Out of Thin Air

Source: Good Magazine

Unchecked carbon emissions are some of the worst culprits when it comes to damaging our planet’s fragile ecosystem. Unfortunately, carbon emissions are also something of an unavoidable fact of life in our highly-mechanized,...

July 24, 2015 California's powerful and influential air pollution watchdog

Los Angeles Times - Adrienne Alvord, the California and Western states director for the îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî, said the air board's policies were paying off. "They have not been afraid to stand up to oil...

Research & Insights

July 22, 2015 Study attributes carbon drop to recession

Source: The Hill

The study published Tuesday in Nature Communications said that although the 11 percent drop in carbon emissions from 1997 to 2013 has largely been attributed to increased use of natural gas, such a conclusion is purely...

July 16, 2015 "Peak coal" by 2020 could save China thousands of lives: study

Source: Reuters

Bringing coal use to a peak by 2020 could save China billions of dollars in environmental costs, slash water consumption by nearly 30 percent and prevent tens of thousands of deaths from coal-related illnesses, a study released...

July 7, 2015 Study urges 10 climate actions to curb warming, lift GDP

Source: Reuters

More efficient energy use and investments in greener cities are among 10 measures that can help the world to slow global warming while also spurring economic growth, an international report said on Tuesday.

Commentary & Opinion

July 24, 2015 US Missed An Opportunity To Cut Carbon At Lower Cost

Source: Forbes

“As far as I’m concerned the renewables industry is built on the proposition that we should always do the most expensive thing first,” Rowe said at the Energy Thought Summit at Chicago’s Symphony Center. “Whereas a carbon tax or...

July 22, 2015 Are countries legally required to protect their citizens from climate change?

Source: Reuters

On June 24, 2015, a court in The Hague ordered the Dutch government to act faster in its duty to protect its citizens against the effects of climate change. This marks the first time the issue has been legally declared a state...

June 30, 2015 The climate change disaster

The Express Tribune - The fifth Assessment Report of the UN îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî, released earlier this year, had already warned of increasing intensity of heatwaves across South Asia, with...


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