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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 24, 2014 E.U. agrees to cut emissions by 40% by 2030Source: Fortune
European Union leaders patched over their differences to agree new long-term targets for emissions of greenhouse gases. At a summit meeting that dragged on until the early hours of Friday morning, heads of government from the...
October 24, 2014 EU set to allow car emissions into carbon trading marketSource: Reuters
The European Union is set to make it easier to bring road transport emissions into the carbon trading market, a move that critics say could empower carmakers to push back against more effective curbs on greenhouse gases.
The amount of coal being burned by China has fallen for the first time this century, according to an analysis of official statistics. China’s booming coal in the last decade has been the major contributor to the fast-rising...
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 23, 2014 The Future of Energy: How to Transition to a Renewable EconomySource: GreenTech Media
We need to ride the waves already our way and do our best to start new waves...
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
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