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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
December 13, 2018 Waste of EnergySource: Grist
Drive down Interstate 95 through Baltimore and you can’t miss the Wheelabrator trash incinerator, its smokestack emblazoned with the city’s name. The Charm City’s single largest source of industrial air pollution churns out well...
December 13, 2018 More Floods and More Droughts: Climate Change Delivers BothSource: NY Times
More records for both wet and dry weather are being set around the globe, often with disastrous consequences for the people facing such extremes, according to a study published Wednesday that offered new evidence of climate...
December 11, 2018 Human activity could cause Earth's climate to revert to an ice-free state not seen in 50 million years, study warnsSource: Daily Mail
If humankind doesn’t get greenhouse gas emissions under control, we risk pushing Earth’s climate to a state similar to that seen 50 million years ago.
Research & Insights
December 5, 2018 U.S. coal consumption drops to lowest level in nearly 40 yearsSource: NBC News
WASHINGTON — A federal report says Americans are using less coal this year than at any time since Jimmy Carter's presidency. That's despite the Trump administration's efforts to revive the country's coal industry.
Source: NBC News
Right now, one climate-linked disaster generally hits at a time, whether it’s forest fires destroying swathes of California, hurricanes flooding Texas and Louisiana and completely devastating Puerto Rico, or heat waves killing...
October 25, 2018 Air pollution is to blame for 'up to 33million asthma-related A&E visits' around the world as fumes from cars and factories worsen the common lung conditionSource: Daily Mail
Pollutants such as ozone and fine particulate matter entering people's lungs are causing breathing difficulties and sending asthmatics to hospital, researchers say.
Commentary & Opinion
December 5, 2018 David Attenborough’s Dire Climate Warning: ‘Our Greatest Threat In Thousands Of Years’Source: Huff Post
David Attenborough, the famed naturalist and conservation advocate, issued a dire warning for the world during a speech at the United Nations’ annual climate summit on Monday: Act now, or the natural world, humanity included, may...
November 27, 2018 Why Climate Change Will Burn Energy Production, Water Supplies And The Trump PresidencySource: Forbes
“Extreme weather events and water shortages are already interrupting the energy supply, and impacts are expected to increase in the future,” the US National Climate Assessment says. “Much of America’s energy infrastructure is...
October 26, 2018 The Anti-Fracking Initiative In Colorado Is Bad PolicySource: Forbes
Opposition to fracking is a mix of bad science (like opposition to vaccinations) and prejudice (hatred of fossil fuels, modern technology, etc.) and seeks a rationale that appears logical rather than emotional. Thus, despite the...
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