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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
October 20, 2014 Why the Fracking Boom Probably Won’t Slow Global WarmingSource: Bloomberg/BusinessWeek
The fracking revolution in the U.S. has dramatically expanded the supply of unconventional natural gas and lowered energy prices around the world. Many other countries, from Britain to China, are now eyeing geological surveys and...
October 17, 2014 Texas Plant to Capture, and Then Reuse, CarbonSource: NY Times
Amid the calls to capture carbon to save the climate, a Texas company is preparing to do that job for profit. At Capitol Aggregates, a cement plant near San Antonio, the Skyonic Corporation of Austin, plans to open a $125...
October 16, 2014 Natural gas isn’t key to greener future, says studySource: Tech Times
Moving from coal and oil for power to cleaner-burning natural gas to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and slow down climate change is not likely to be a successful strategy in the long term, a new study suggests.
Research & Insights
October 16, 2014 Climate Change an 'Immediate Risk,' Pentagon SaysSource: Live Science
The U.S. Department of Defense released a new report this week that says climate change poses an "immediate risk to national security." The so-called road map is designed to help the military navigate and prepare for increasing...
September 23, 2014 Carbon map – which countries are responsible for climate change?Source: Guardiab (UK)
As heads of state from David Cameron to Barack Obama meet in New York for a UN climate summit hosted by Ban Ki-moon, expectations are high for bold commitments on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Use this interactive, in-depth...
September 15, 2014 At least 150 major companies prep for carbon pricesSource: USA Today
At least 150 major companies worldwide - including ExxonMobil, Google, Microsoft and 26 others in the United States - are already making business plans that assume they will be taxed on their carbon pollution, a report today says.
Commentary & Opinion
October 20, 2014 What if Climate Change is Worse Than We Thought?Source: Counterpunch.org
New studies about the warming of the planet and the risk of massive release of methane from the Arctic are “worse than we thought.” As it goes, the danger to human existence, i.e., to a nice long life on the planet, is obscured...
October 8, 2014 Can A Carbon Tax Create Jobs, Jobs, Jobs'Source: Forbes
Ah,there's the rub. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change insists that we take a path that will get us to a low-carbon future and they insist that we use an all-of-the-above strategy to get there. But the only ... > 1862
September 30, 2014 It's Time to Abandon the Delusion of a Carbon TaxSource: Huff Post
At the United Nations last week, President Obama urged the nations of the world to follow our lead and begin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The president has moved aggressively to use the powers of the Clean Air Act to...
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