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.
Friday, 04 December 2009 17:10 Written by Emily Pugliese
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.
Friday, 04 December 2009 15:13 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Care2 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.
CarbonFree® Partner Tradepal has been nominated for the "Best New Startup of 2009" at the Crunchies Awards in San Francisco. Tradepal is an online social 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.
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!
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 18:15 Written by Greg Taylor
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.
Monday, 30 November 2009 11:44 Written by Ivan Chan
Give green this year-- e-certificates that reduce someone's carbon footprint while supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects that help fight global warming. You choose the amount you want to give, or offset the average annual carbon footprint of someone with a ZeroCarbon™ Individual or ZeroCarbon™ Family gift. This year, Carbonfund.org also offers a tree & Chico Bag bonus. For every $20 donated, Carbonfund.org will plant a tree in your honor, and for every $50, get a Carbonfund.org Chico Bag, which is a reusable, lightweight bag for shopping or carrying items around. The holidays don't have to mean getting stuff. It's a great time to get something meaningful for someone at a price you can afford. Visit Carbonfund.org's holiday page to start shopping! Check out these other green gift ideas as well at Planet Green.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 15:44 Written by Greg Taylor
CarbonFree® Partner Ecocamp Patagonia was awarded the label “Highly Commended” in the Best in A Mountain Environment category by the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2009. This year the whole world learns what we at Carbonfund.org knows– Ecocamp Patagonia is one of the best, most environmentally responsible ways to tour South America. Certified as a leader in environmental management, Ecocamp Patagonia incorporates “leave no trace” principles into its design. Working with Carbonfund.org, Ecocamp Patagonia has calculated and offset their entire carbon footprint for two straight years. We’re inspired by their leadership in creating an incredible vacation while being eco-responsible.