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.
- CarbonFree® Certified is the first and leading carbon neutral products label in the US.
- Certified products are now available in 15 countries on five continents.
- Leading companies such as Domino Sugar, Motorola and Anvil Knitwear have certified products CarbonFree®.
- Much like Energy Star® certification differentiates appliances and other products, CarbonFree® certification distinguishes products as carbon neutral, climate-friendly.
- The certification process consists of three essential steps: calculating a product's carbon footprint, reducing the product's footprint, and offsetting to attain carbon neutrality (which supports innovative carbon reduction projects).
- Calculating the carbon footprint of a product requires a life-cycle assessment (LCA), including the supply-chain or manufacturing of a product, through ultimate recycling/disposal of it.
- Carbonfund.org worked with the renowned Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management to jointly develop the rigorous Product Certification Carbon Footprint Protocol to guide how LCAs are done.
- The certification program provides incentive for companies that lower a product’s carbon footprint by at least 10 percent.
- The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the product certification program includes experts on business carbon management.
- Companies can choose from a variety of third-party validated renewable energy, reforestation or avoided deforestation, and energy efficiency projects to support by offsetting.
“Our goal is to make it easy for everyone to get involved and make a difference. Care2 members love to be able to help offset their carbon footprint through our partnership with Carbonfund.org,” says Care2 CEO Randy Paynter.For information, please visit us at Care2.com.
Today’s blog highlights our Retail Category winner, Overstock.com. Carbonfund.org congratulates and thanks them for their commitment to sustainable practices and to the support of important external carbon reductions
In 2011 Overstock.com, now known as O.co, initiated a CarbonFree® shipping program on all of their Worldstock items. This program, free to customers, illustrates wonderfully how companies can be good to both people and planet. Overstock.com gives all net profits from the Worldstock Fair Trade department to fund philanthropic projects in several countries. Worldstock funds have helped in the construction of an earth bag house, rain water harvesting tanks (to provide clean water to the orphans), composting toilet and shower units, just to name a few. Worldstock Fair Trade returns 60 to 70 percent of the sales dollars to the artisans that make the items for sale on Overstock.com’s site, which allows them to improve their economy, educational systems and communities. Now, by shipping carbon neutral, Worldstock items have the least impact on the Earth they seek to protect. This successful, socially responsible department would not be possible without the leadership of President, Jonathan E. Johnson.
Overstock.com is a technology-based retail company offering customers a wide variety of high-quality products, at great value, with superior customer service. The company provides its customers with the opportunity to shop for bargains by offering suppliers an alternative inventory distribution channel. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Overstock.com is a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ Global Market System and can be found online at http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co.
Did you know that American meat consumption has doubled since 1960? Or that the water needs of livestock are huge, far above those of vegetables or grains? An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide, far more than transportation. Annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow, but cutting down on meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend.
Eating less meat can also deliver a wealth of health benefits such as reducing your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. Not to mention the financial benefits considering meat often costs more than grains, fruits, and vegetables. There is no need to give up meat altogether, simply reduce your consumption. On the days that you do eat meat, look for locally raised options to further lower your carbon footprint and help the local economy.
You can save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel by forgoing meat one day a week. Meatless Monday has a nice ring to it. Read more and get meat-free recipes at http://www.meatlessmonday.com/.