Tuesday, 08 December 2009 16:55

Flowers Change Everything

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This holiday season, nothing shows you care than a carefully chosen floral arrangement that's shipped carbon neutral!  CarbonFree® partner flowerpetal_logoFlowerpetal.com is your same-day flower delivery experts, offering a full range of floral products for every occasion.  Whether it be a birthday, Hanukkah, Christmas, or an anniversary, Flowerpetal.com truly believes that flowers change everything.  You have the option of shopping by the type of product you're looking for, the sentiment you want to convey, or even the occasion you're celebrating! Additionally, if you order before 2pm on weekdays or Noon on Saturdays, you will enjoy same-day delivery for your flower order!  Flowerpetal.com offers a 7 day freshness guarantee, a very safe shopping experience, and offsets the carbon emissions of all of their shipments with Carbonfund.org's shipping program. Send a warm holiday gift this season with a floral arrangement from our partner Flowerpetal.com.  Festives ideas include Christmas or Hanukkah arrangements!
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 10:57

2009 is Fifth Hottest Year on Record

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According to the World Meterological Organization (WMO), the earth is continuing to get warmer. 2009 is in line to be the fifth hottest year on record (the exact ranking may change depending on how these last weeks of the year play out), and the decade from 2000-2009 has been the warmest in recorded history.

The hottest decade on record before the 2000s was the 1990s, and before that the 1980s. Temperature records have been kept using precise instruments since 1850.

The recent WMO press release also states:

"This year above-normal temperatures were recorded in most parts of the continents. Only North America (United States and Canada) experienced conditions that were cooler than average. Given the current figures, large parts of southern Asia and central Africa are likely to have the warmest year on record."
Though the US and Canada experienced cooler temperatures this year, our weather is not indicative of global trends. This release coincides with the Copenhagen climate meetings, where global leaders are well positioned to work out the framework for a legally binding emissions reductions target.
Monday, 07 December 2009 12:24

EPA to Declare Carbon Emissions Dangerous

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According to the Washington Post, the EPA is ready to declare carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases a danger to public health and welfare. This move lays the foundation for government regulation of global warming causing emissions, with or without Congress approving a comprehensive global warming bill. EPA administrator Lisa Jackson is expected to make the announcement today at 1:15pm EST. This announcement will come as the global climate change meeting is getting ready to commence in Copenhagen, Denmark. The United States has taken a number of positive steps recently to demonstrate to both domestic and international observers that America is ready to act on global warming. President Obama recently announced that the US will reduce emissions 17% by 2020. With this new EPA announcement, the Administration appears willing to back that statement up. Though the EPA will have the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, how they would actually administer a program is unclear. The current proposals in Congress use a cap-and-trade framework for reducing emissions. The EPA may choose to use the cap-and-trade model, a carbon tax, or other methods to regulate emissions. Giving the EPA this type of discretion over program creation is troublesome to certain constituencies, thus providing added impetus to pass a comprehensive global warming bill through Congress rather than regulation by EPA. The US needs to take action to reduce our country's emissions and the country appears to be well positioned to do so in the near future. With the EPA announcement today, our nation will be one step closer to a clean energy future. Hopefully that helps us in Copenhagen.
I love to shop for my friends and family during the holiday season and I try my best to give presents that are environmentally friendly.  However, there are always those on my list (I have 8 nieces and nephews!) for whom a solar cell phone charger just won’t suffice.  This year I can rest a little easier knowing that I can find the perfect gift for my 10 year old nephew or 3 year old niece while lessening my impact by doing my holiday shopping at EarthMoment.com.  EarthMoment is a no-cost Internet portal that allows customers to purchase their favorite products and services from their favorite online retailers, while fighting climate change with each purchase. EarthMoment provides a way for consumers to offset personal contributions to global climate change. They have teamed up with more than 1,000 companies to offer you 15 million products and services. Each of their company partners pays a commission to EarthMoment, half of which is donated to support Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated carbon reduction projects. With toys, sporting goods, clothing, jewelry, electronics and more available on their site, you are sure to find something that interests you as a gift!  To learn more visit www.earthmoment.com.
care2butterfly-2Care2 is a large online community for taking action and supporting environmental and social causes, including global warming, education, animal welfare, and civil rights.  Recently, Care2 has launched a new way for its members to easily contribute to these great causes for free.  In the Butterfly Rewards Program, members earn credits by taking action on the site and can redeem their credits to buy gifts for the world such as a rehydration salt pack to save a child from dysentery, the planting of a tree, or supporting a carbon reduction project like a wind farm. Randy Paynter, President and Founder of Care2 says, "This program makes it incredibly easy and fun to make a difference - in a very personal way.  Each person can decide which project to support with the credits they earn.  With millions of members taking action across the site, we're excited to see the collective impact we can make." You can learn more about the Butterfly Rewards Program here.  Please join Care2's compassionate community and take real action that makes a difference.  You can sign up here for free. Care2 is a CarbonFree® Partner with Carbonfund.org and offsets their business footprint.  Additionally, they offer a free "click to donate" feature on their site.  For every click, they will offset a pound of carbon dioxide!  Check out click to donate here.
Thursday, 03 December 2009 13:02

Vote Now for Tradepal!

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CarbonFree® Partner Tradepal has been nominated for the "Best New Startup of 2009" at the Crunchies Awards in San Francisco.  Tradepal is an online tradepalsocial marketplace that enables users to trade items with their friends.  They built a trading model inspired by the efficiency and clarity of financial markets, yet easy for anyone to use.  Tradepal Members trade with friends, make new friends, save money and the environment. They need the support of everyone possible so that their idea of a green, online, social marketplace that has REUSE as a mantra can survive and thrive among other marketplaces. The deadline to vote is TOMORROW, 12/4 so please vote today!  Click here to vote: http://is.gd/558Qy. The 2009 Crunchies is the third annual competition and award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, Internet and technology innovations of the year. Media co-hosts include TechCrunch and VentureBeat. The ceremony takes place in January in San Francisco.
Thursday, 03 December 2009 10:22

How to Live Within a (Carbon) Budget

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A new report states that at our current rate of emissions, we are on pace to blow through our carbon budget 16 years early. Global accounting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) said in a recent report that in order to keep the consequences of global warming to a minimum, the global carbon ‘budget’ must remain below 1,300 billion tonnes of CO2 between the years 2000 and 2050. Currently, virtually all major nations are emitting at a pace that is unsustainably high and will blow our budget by 2034. Though the news reported by PWC is not great, there is room for improvement and mitigation. All nations must use energy more efficiently in order to keep our emissions under the sustainable threshold. Globally, this means improving our ‘carbon intensity’ – or the amount of carbon needed to generate a dollar of economic output. While carbon intensity tends to improve organically through upgrades in appliances and processes, this evolution is typically slow. To stay within our carbon budget, global carbon intensity must improve by 3 percent a year. From 2000-08, the carbon intensity of China, the U.S. and the E.U. improved only 0.7, 2.2, and 1.8 percent respectively. A good model for global leaders to follow can be based on the Carbonfund.org model of Reduce what you can, offset what you can’t. Three percent a year doesn’t sound like much, but will require coordinated efforts and long term planning. By focusing on efficiency improvements that improve carbon intensity, we can see real emissions reductions and cost savings today – and a cleaner future tomorrow. Can you reduce your carbon intensity 3% a year? Tell us how you are reducing your emission today!
As the world prepares for the upcoming climate meeting in Copenhagen set to begin next week, another group of world leaders is already debating how to stop the climate crisis.  Children from around the world, numbering over 160 youth from over 40 countries, are in the middle of climate negotiations in Copenhagen.  UNICEF and the city of Copenhagen have brought them to Denmark to give voice to children around the world.  Who better to influence environmental discussions than those who stand to inherit the world? These youth leaders-- including Becca Arbacher, a Carbonfund.org neighbor and Montgomery Blair High School sophomore in Silver Spring, MD-- are discussing the best ways to fight climate change.  They have also paid special attention to the impact climate change has on children.  As the Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 20 years old, the connection between climate change and children has never been clearer.  The world’s youth stand to benefit the most from early action or suffer the most from our inaction.  At the end of the conference, the Children’s Climate Forum will adopt a final resolution with recommendations for action on climate change.  For the sake of the world, we hope that world leaders will pay heed to these recommendations. Here at Carbonfund.org we believe that the world needs to make a firm commitment to reign in carbon emissions. With the help of individuals, businesses, and organizations, Carbonfund.org is offsetting over 5 billion pounds of CO2. I hope you’ll join us in wishing Becca and the rest of her youth delegates good luck in their deliberations.  The world depends on their work and the work of leaders of all ages around the world. You can follow the US delegation of young leaders on their blog.