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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
Source: The PIE News
In the HE sector it no longer cuts it to ‘think sustainably’ or be ‘environmentally aware’. As in all walks of life, the expectation and the pressure is to actually cut carbon footprints and, ideally, to aim for a zero footprint.
June 2, 2020 Major cities aim for net-zero building emissionsSource: CNBC
According to a recent report from the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, International Energy Agency and the UN Environment Programme, building construction and operations were, globally, responsible for 36% of final...
Forests across the world are transforming as the Earth heats up and as more frequent and severe droughts, wildfires and disease outbreaks destroy trees.
Research & Insights
A new study by the universities of Exeter and Cambridge in the UK and Nijmegen in the Netherlands has concluded that electric cars lead to lower carbon emissions overall, even if electricity generation still relies on fossil fuels
Source: Environmental Leader
IPIECA, the American Petroleum Institute (API), and the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) today released the new edition of the “Sustainability Reporting Guidance for the Oil and Gas industry.” T
November 27, 2019 UN climate change report warns about rising carbon emissions - videoSource: CBC/youTube
A major new report from the United Nations warns that countries around the world aren't doing enough to control the CO2 emissions that are warming the climate. CBS News weather and climate contributor Jeff Berardelli joins CBSN...
Commentary & Opinion
April 24, 2020 My Fellow Conservatives Are Out of Touch on the EnvironmentSource: The Atlantic
Today marks a remarkable confluence of events. April 22 was supposed to be a day when more than a billion people around the globe would attend activities in celebration of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary.
April 24, 2020 How Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Affecting Climate Change?Source: Wired
IT IS AN invisible, deadly menace. It’s causing almost unfathomable economic destruction. We knew it was coming, but were caught woefully unprepared. It tricked nations into blaming one another—the US being the primary...
The question: why did so many presidential candidates (two still are) propose energy policies that were: (1) a direct threat to U.S. national security, (2) morally unjust, (3) counter to climate change goals, (4) sure to raise...
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