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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: MIT Technology Review
China, the world’s largest communist country and its biggest climate polluter, has turned to a decidedly free-market approach to combating carbon emissions.
June 19, 2018 Looking for signs of global warming? It's all around youSource: Times Union
"Nature is extremely sensitive to temperature and nature is reacting to the warmer temperatures," said Boston University biologist Richard Primack. "The dramatic change is happening right in front of us."
The chief executive of German carmaker Audi, Rupert Stadler, has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the diesel emissions scandal.
Research & Insights
May 17, 2018 Timber is Oregon’s biggest carbon polluterSource: High Country News
Wildfire is not the biggest source of climate-warming carbon dioxide in Oregon forests — logging and wood products are.
April 18, 2018 Warming climate could speed forest regrowth in eastern U.S.Source: Phys.org
Climate change could speed the natural regrowth of forests on undeveloped or abandoned land in the eastern U.S., according to a new study.
More than 95% of the world's population is breathing unhealthy air and the poorest nations are the hardest hit, a new report has found.
Commentary & Opinion
February 27, 2018 America’s moral obligation to the environmentSource: The Hill
President Barack Obama revealed the Clean Power Plan to the world in 2015. Obama referred to the proposal as “a moral obligation” and rightfully labeled it "the single most important step that America has ever made in the fight...
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?
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