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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

June 11, 2019 Just One Tiny Industry May Emit More Methane Than EPA Had Estimated for All of Them

Source: Gizmodo

The production of ammonia for fertilizer may result in up to 100 times more emissions than has been previously estimated for this sector. And that alone is more than what the Environmental Protection Agency estimates all...

June 10, 2019 World Environment Day: To Beat Air Pollution, Make The Invisible Visible

Source: Forbes

The National Geographic Magazine describes air pollution as a “mix of particles and gases that can reach harmful concentrations both outside and indoors

June 10, 2019 Russia Calls The Shots In A Fractured OPEC

Source: oilprice.com

The fact that Russia and most OPEC members are happy at different oil price levels has never been a secret. Now, President Putin has said it as bluntly as possible: Russia does not need oil prices to be as high as Saudi Arabia...

Research & Insights

June 4, 2019 Climate crisis seriously damaging human health, report finds

Source: The Guardian

A report by experts from 27 national science academies has set out the widespread damage global heating is already causing to people’s health and the increasingly serious impacts expected in future.

May 23, 2019 Revealed: 1.6m Americans live near the most polluting incinerators in the US

Source: The Guardian

Lower-income and minority communities are exposed to majority of the pollution coming from waste-burning plants, report finds

May 13, 2019 CO2 in the atmosphere just exceeded 415 parts per million for the first time in human history

Source: Tech Crunch

For the first time in human history — not recorded history, but since humans have existed on Earth — carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has topped 415 parts per million, reaching 415.26 parts per million, according to sensors at...

Commentary & Opinion

May 30, 2019 EPA's Fuzzy Math Not Helping Environment or Economy

Source: Real Clear Politics

There’s nothing Washington loves better than a false dichotomy. Tax or cut. Spend or slash. Regulate or deregulate. Either you’re for the former or you’re for the latter. Well, that isn’t how life really works, and -- especially...

May 29, 2019 Tackling climate change: How lawmakers are facing environmental injustice

Source: The Hill

“The climate crisis isn’t somebody else’s problem. It’s everyone’s problem,” explained Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) in her opening statement at the most recent hearing for the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Creating...

May 20, 2019 Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment

Source: The Guardian

The Guardian has updated its style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe the environmental crises facing the world. Instead of “climate change” the preferred terms are “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” and...


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