Climate Change

United States: EPA Publishes National Greenhouse Gas Inventory

May 28th, 2012 | By
United States: EPA Publishes National Greenhouse Gas Inventory

In April 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 17th annual U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory, The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2010. The report shows overall GHG emissions in 2010 increased by 213 million metric tons or 3.2 percent from the previous year, despite the sluggish economy. According
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California Cap and Trade: A Model for the Rest of the U.S.?

Mar 18th, 2012 | By
California Cap and Trade: A Model for the Rest of the U.S.?

It’s rare in these politically turbulent times for a government entity to make a unanimous decision, but that’s what happened as California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the most stringent cap-and-trade mandate in the United States in October 2011. This cap-and-trade program is one of the measures being carried out under California’s Global Warming Solutions
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The Australian Carbon Tax

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By
The Australian Carbon Tax

In its efforts to tackle the problem of climate change, the Australian government will introduce a carbon tax starting July 1, 2012. Australia’s goal is to reduce the country’s total emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2020; to achieve this goal, the country is starting with a carbon tax,
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U.S. EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Data

Jan 16th, 2012 | By
U.S. EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Data

In January 2012, for the first time, the EPA released greenhouse gas (GHG) data collected under the GHG Reporting Program. The data set shows 2010 U.S. GHG emissions from large industrial facilities and from suppliers of certain fossil fuels and industrial gases. The data confirm that among large, direct GHG emitters, the sector with the largest emissions is power plants, followed by petroleum refineries. The data can be dowloaded from the USEPA’s web site using the following links . . .



Carbon Management Technology Conference

Jan 9th, 2012 | By
Carbon Management Technology Conference

The first-ever Carbon Management Technology Conference will be held 7–9 February 2012 in Orlando, Florida, USA. Eight engineering societies are sponsoring this conference, bringing together all disciplines to share the latest technologies, strategies and systems related to the management and containment of carbon production. The three-day technical program will feature more than 200 presentations on
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Climate Change Vulnerability

Nov 25th, 2011 | By
Climate Change Vulnerability

A major new mapping study analyzing climate change vulnerability down to 25 square kilometers worldwide reveals that some of the world’s fastest growing populations are increasingly at risk from the impacts of climate-related natural hazards and sea level rise. The Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) released by risk analysis and mapping firm Maplecroft analyzes the
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Shareholders Demand Social and Environmental Resolutions

Oct 22nd, 2011 | By
Shareholders Demand Social and Environmental Resolutions

Support for corporate responsibility proposals rose in the 2011 proxy season according to a recent report, Shareholders Press Boards on Social and Environmental Risks, issued by Ernst & Young.[1] For the second year in a row, resolutions focusing specifically on social and environmental issues comprised the largest portion of all shareholder proposals that came to
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Climate Change Impact on Investment Portfolios

Feb 27th, 2011 | By
Climate Change Impact on Investment Portfolios

According to a new report, Climate Change Scenarios – Implications for Strategic Asset Allocation, uncertainty about global climate change policies and their associated adjustment costs could cost investors trillions of dollars over the next 20 years and be responsible for as much as 10 percent of investment portfolio risk. The report analyzes the impact of
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Canada: Ontario Feed-In Tariff for Micro-fit Generation

Feb 3rd, 2011 | By
Canada: Ontario Feed-In Tariff for Micro-fit Generation

The Ontario Power Authority is introducing a new Feed-In Tariff for commercial aggregators, called the CFIT (commercial feed-in-tariff) Program. The program is intended for micro-fit generation projects where the proponent has multiple projects, is not eligible for the microFIT program or needs to give its lender step in rights. The proposed price is 71.3 cents/kWh)
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Climate Change Vulnerability: Country Rankings

Oct 24th, 2010 | By
Climate Change Vulnerability: Country Rankings

A new Climate Change Vulnerability Index has been released by the risk analysis firm Maplecroft. The index uses 42 separate social, economic, and environmental indicators to calculate the vulnerability of 170 countries to the impacts of climate change over the next 30 years. Sixteen countries, including some of the fast-growing economies in Asia, were identified
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