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"If adopted by the end of the year , the new rule could produce greenhouse gas statistics by the end of 2010. The EPA requirements would apply to large industrial sources that emit 25,000 metric tons or more a year, including oil and chemical refineries; cement, glass, pulp and paper plants; manufacturers of motor vehicles and engines; and confined animal feeding operations."Setting the bar for inclusion in this mandatory reporting at 25,000 metric tons means that virtually all small and medium sized businesses would not be required to report their emissions. Carbonfund.org, for example, estimates that many standard businesses with less than 20 employees are responsible for about 140 metric tons of CO2 a year. Businesses range in size and activity, but one can reasonably assume that most small and medium sized businesses not engaged in industrial practices would be under the reporting limit. A GHG reporting system is yet another step in the right direction for American action on global warming. By understanding our nation's carbon footprint, our government will be able to intelligently devise a cap-and-trade system that will produce real world emissions cuts. To better understand your carbon footprint or to estimate your business' GHG emissions, go to Carbonfund.org.
- They contain Zero Lead, Cadmium or Mercury. They are actually landfill safe (although we recommend that they be recycled whenever possible).
- Eco Alkalines are the first batteries to be certified CarbonFree® by the rigorous product certification program managed by Carbonfund.org.
- Eco Alkalines are not rechargeable; they are a disposable alkaline battery. Rechargeable alkaline batteries cannot be called “eco” because they have at least one or more of the heavy metals found in regular batteries. Since they can be recharged, their composition is much more toxic than conventional alkaline batteries sold today. During the lifecycle of a rechargeable battery, a consumer must consider the energy required to recharge the batteries.
- Eco Alkaline Batteries have a 5 year shelf life and have a patent pending leak-resistant seal on the battery.
- They are offered at retail prices that are competitive to the other major battery brands – customers are not forced to pay a premium to do the right thing when choosing their portable power source.
A new study named, “Dispersal will limit ability of mammals to track climate change in the Western Hemisphere” from the University of Washington released on Monday, May 14, 2012 examines how 493 animals will fare as they attempt to outrun the rising heat from climate change.
The article, authored by Carrie A. Schloss, Tristan A. Nuñez, and Joshua J. Lawler, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and says on average 9.2% of the mammals in the study migrate too slowly to keep pace with expected climate shifts. In some places, such as the Amazon basin and parts of the Appalachian Mountains, up to 39% of animals may be unable to find suitable climates in a warming world.
Contrary to popular belief, although temperature changes are expected to be more extreme in mountainous regions, equatorial-dwelling mammals may have a rougher time moving their ranges fast enough. This is because temperatures at the equator have been fairly static and the animals that live there are adapted to steady temperatures. Conversely, animals that live in the mountains don’t have as far to go to find cooler temperatures. Flat lands are also a problem for mammals. For example, animals that live in the Central United States or the Amazon basin will need to travel farther to beat the heat.
Mammals that take several years to mature, such as New World monkeys, disperse more slowly and this puts them in danger of extinction. The study indicates that a whopping 87% of animals are expected to have smaller dispersal ranges. Of which, 20% will probably result from limited dispersal abilities rather than less suitable climates.
The analysis provides additional information on how humans might help these animals and our own plight. Reducing emissions is critical to slow down climate change. However, it is also possible to ease animal migration barriers such as shopping centers, roads, and cities. In fact, people could even build corridors to help the mammals reach safe havens in time.
This month, Carbonfund.org celebrates our 10th anniversary! In honor of this accomplishment, we’re urging our donors, supporters and business partners to plant 10 trees, and we’ll match your effort by planting 10 additional trees, now through 11/3/2013.
We are happy, proud and especially thankful for all of our supporters. We appreciate partnering with you to combat global warming. Making the choice to "reduce what you can, offset what you can't" makes you a critical part of the climate change solution.
Many people don’t know that deforestation is responsible for roughly 20% of global warming. Fortunately, planting trees has a multitude of benefits; chief of which is absorbing carbon dioxide to reduce climate change.
Birthday cake and cards are great, but let’s plant more trees to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Don’t forget we’ll add 10 trees and double your impact on reducing global warming.
Anvil Knitwear and Designer Vivienne Westwood Collaborate to Support REDD+ & Help Stop DeforestationWritten by Emily Pugliese
AnvilRecycled™ Cotton T-shirt Certified CarbonFree® by Carbonfund.org
New York – April 22, 2009 Anvil Knitwear, the sixth-largest purchaser of organic cotton worldwide, today launched a t-shirt that uses less energy and water during production, has a net zero carbon footprint and is made from 69 percent pre-consumer recycled cotton.
“Our ongoing commitment to reducing energy and waste at our operations inspired us to develop a use for textile cuttings that would otherwise be discarded in the manufacturing process or sold as scrap. The AnvilRecycled™ tee is the result,” said Anthony Corsano, CEO, Anvil Knitwear. “When you make a t-shirt – or any other product – you use electricity, fuel and water, and you create waste. Our recycled tee is an innovative, affordable product that has less impact on the environment, reuses leftover materials that most apparel makers see as waste, and avoids the dyeing process saving significant amounts of energy and resources.”
The AnvilRecycled™ t-shirt is Certified CarbonFree® by Carbonfund.org, the leading nonprofit carbon offset and climate solutions organization.