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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 19, 2018 Volume of fracking fluid pumped underground tied to Canada quakesSource: Science News
Fracking wells should not go to 11. Instead, turning down the volume — that is, of water pumped underground to help retrieve oil and gas — may reduce the number of earthquakes related to hydraulic fracturing.
January 19, 2018 NOAA: 2017 was 3rd warmest year on record for the globeSource: NOAA
After three consecutive years of record-high temperatures for the globe, Earth was a slightly cooler planet in 2017. But not by much.
Source: Food Navigator
Sustainability efforts made by some of Europe’s leading food manufacturers slashed CO2 emissions from manufacturing operations by more than half in 2016 compared to a 1990 baseline, says the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
Research & Insights
January 17, 2018 Fracking is one of the least sustainable ways to produce electricity, says new studySource: Independent
When comparing environmental, economic and social sustainability, scientists find shale gas extraction ranks seventh out of nine different energy sources
Source: HUFF Post
ir pollution on city streets can wipe out the beneficial health effects of exercise for people aged 60 and older, according to a new study led by scientists at Duke University and Imperial College
Source: Washington Post
For the third time in as many years, the nation — on balance — should expect warmer-than-normal temperatures, according to the National Weather Service, which released its winter outlook on Thursday.
Commentary & Opinion
August 3, 2017 Can Humans Beings Survive The Impending Climate Crisis?Source: HUFF Post
Although climate change may now rank alongside ISIS as the world’s most feared security threat according to a new Pew report, the horrors that global warming will unleash in the future, are far “worse than you think” warns David...
June 16, 2017 Our (Australia) energy policy: stupidity, economic illiteracy, or sponsored obfuscation?Source: The Guardian
The scale and pace of change in energy markets globally is staggering. So why isn’t Australia catching up with the rest of the world?
April 24, 2017 Happy Earth Day. Enjoy It While You Last.Source: Bloomberg
Harvard professor Andrew Knoll marvels that our planet has sustained life continuously for four billion years -- most of its 4.5 billion years in existence.
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