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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
January 29, 2015 Groups sue EPA over emissions from industrial livestock productionSource: Charlotte Observer
A coalition of environmental, community and animal welfare groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday in an effort to push the Obama administration to reduce air pollution, including greenhouse gases, from enormous...
January 26, 2015 Debate heating up over arctic refuge in AlaskaSource: Dallas Morning news
The Obama administration will propose setting aside more than 12 million acres in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, the White House announced Sunday.
January 21, 2015 New standard for companies to report their greenhouse gas emissions
StreetInsider - Today, the World Resources Institute launched the updated Greenhouse Gas Protocol Accounting Guidance for companies and governments to report their emissions from electricity used (Scope 2). The framework...
Research & Insights
January 30, 2015 Study flags carbon concern from melting glaciersSource: RTCC News
Researchers in the US have calculated that, thanks to climate change, melting glaciers will have spilled an extra 15 million tonnes of organic carbon into the seas by 2050. - See more at:...
January 6, 2015 Tropical Forests Fight Carbon Better Than We HopedSource: Nature World News
And just when we thought it was all bad news, a study recently led by NASA experts has revealed that the Earth's tropical forests are somehow absorbing more carbon dioxide (CO2) than experts thought possible, taking the harmful...
January 6, 2015 Human influence through greenhouse gas emissions proved
South China Morning Post - Bailey ("Sea levels rising since last ice age", December 24). According to the report of the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî www.climatechange2013.org which represents the...
Commentary & Opinion
January 28, 2015 Why Obama's Drilling Plan Ignores America's Changing Energy RoleSource: Forbes
A few years ago, President Obama outlined an “all-the-above” energy strategy. These days, his strategy seems to be “do no harm.” The plan outlined today, which would open parts of the eastern seaboard to offshore drilling while...
Source: Huff Post
The numbers are in. 2014 was the hottest year on Earth ever recorded (records go back to 1888). December finished it off as the hottest month ever. 6 of the months last year, in fact, hold that record. The last time a 'coldest...
January 19, 2015 The Battle For Black Gold: Can Saudi Win'
gulfbusiness.com - In the longer term, Saudi officials likely calculate that lower oil prices will drive economic growth abroad and boost demand for oil,â Torbjorn Soltvedt, principal MENA analyst at energy consultancy...
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