Tag Archive | Greenhouse gas

“National Geographic: Investing in Critical Canopies”

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National Geographic has long been in the business of creating what environmental economists call ‘existence value’ – getting people to care about the survival of places they know they will never visit in their lifetimes. Now, they’re using carbon offsets as part of their strategy to reduce operational emissions while investing in some of the gorgeous landscapes that appear in their pages.

http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=10182&section=news_articles&eod=1

“China to Assign Some Credit Ratings on Environmental Protection”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-02/china-to-assign-some-credit-ratings-on-environmental-protection.html

China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, will assign credit ratings to companies in industries with heavy pollution or overcapacity based on their efforts to protect the environment.

“Cows’ Role in Global Warming Seen Overlooked in Climate Talks”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-20/cows-role-in-global-warming-seen-overlooked-in-climate-talks.html

Cattle and other ruminants are probably the biggest human-related source of methane, a gas adding to global warming, and climate negotiators have paid too little attention to livestock, a team of researchers said.

Pigs and poultry, which have different digestive systems, produce less methane than ruminants, according to the report.

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Beef and dairy products look as though they will have to rise in price, to reflect the environmental impact of ruminants, but chicken and pork are less challenged.

“China’s Guangdong Starts World’s Second-Biggest Carbon Exchange”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-20/china-s-guangdong-starts-world-s-second-biggest-carbon-exchange.html

China’s southern province of Guangdong began trading permits on the world’s second-biggest emissions-trading system at the highest price in the nation.

Seven trades covering 120,029 metric tons of carbon emissions were completed at 60 yuan ($9.90) to 61 yuan a ton on the first day at the China Emissions Exchange, it said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.

“Climate change puts forty percent more people at risk of absolute water scarcity: study”

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http://www.pik-potsdam.de/news/press-releases/climate-change-puts-forty-percent-more-people-at-risk-of-absolute-water-scarcity-study

Water scarcity impacts people’s lives in many countries already today. Future population growth will increase the demand for freshwater even further. Yet in addition to this, on the supply side, water resources will be affected by projected changes in rainfall and evaporation. Climate change due to unabated greenhouse-gas emissions within our century is likely to put 40 percent more people at risk of absolute water scarcity than would be without climate change, a new study shows by using an unprecedented number of impact models. The analysis is to be published in a special issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that assembles first results of the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISI-MIP), a unique community-driven effort to bring research on climate change impacts to a new level.

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When we burn hydrocarbons we get Carbon Dioxide and Water produced, so the other 60% of people must also have water they don’t want. It must be an issue of water distribution rather than just scarcity.

“Carbon Foodprints”

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http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/food-carbon-footprint-diet

More recent studies show that food system emissions could account for as much as quarter of all human emissions.  That is 12% from agricultural production, another 9% from farming induced deforestation, and a further 3% from things like refrigeration and freight.
 
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The environmental price of beef is very high.