Wednesday, 18 November 2009 16:35

Emissions Up 29 Percent Since 2000

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A new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience states that global CO2 emissions have risen 29% since 2000 and 41% since 1990. Moreover, in spite of the global economic downturn, emissions still rose 2% globally in 2008, the most recent year of record. The increase in emissions is attributable to many factors, but most notably the increased emissions of developing nations. The graph indicates that whereas developed nations emissions have basically plateaued over the last 19 years, developing nations emissions have risen dramatically. Emissions from countries like China and India have more than doubled since 1990. To contextualize some of the growth of developing nations emissions, a quarter of developing nations emissions can be attributed to increased international trade. Whereas most of this new study reinforces suspicions that we all already had (namely, we haven't done a darn thing to reduce emissions, so naturally they would rise), it also sheds light on a newly observed trend of the global carbon cycle. Terrestrial and oceanic carbon sinks are disappearing. 45 percent of the global carbon stocks are currently in our atmosphere - up from about 40 percent 50 years ago. This is probably the result of two factors:
  • We are emitting more carbon, outpacing the land and ocean's natural ability to absorb CO2
  • We are destroying natural carbon sinks like trees, meaning that there are fewer places for atmospheric CO2 to go
This increased carbon load our atmosphere now bears is highly disturbing and indicative of the fact that we need to not only reduce emissions but preserve natural carbon sinks in order to avoid the most extreme effects of global warming. Take control of your climate. Offset your emissions today.
logoPlanning a wedding is hard work.  I would know - I'm getting married in May!  It is even more work to plan an eco-friendly event, and think of how every detail impacts the environment.  That is why Elegance & Simplicity Wedding & Event Designers are so great.  They thought of EVERYTHING.  They have wind powered facilities, drive fuel-efficient vehicles, support reforestation efforts, use eco-friendly cleaning practices, and of course offset their footprint with Carbonfund.org! They also help you find vendors who abide by their same standards. When planning my wedding I have tried to be environmentally conscious wherever I can.  I chose to send out a video online  for my save-the-date rather than send out more paper.  I also chose to get my dress from the Bridal Garden, a nonprofit bridal boutique that sells donated dresses from showrooms and other brides rather than buy a new dress.  I plan to use recycled paper for my invitations, and have my guests rsvp online to keep the paper products to a minimum.  Visit Elegance & Simplicity to find out how to make your event greener!
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 15:45

Storybooks Online Connect Families Minus the Miles

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What do you do when you want to show your grandchild how much you love him or her but live too far away? I can think of three ways: Clone yourself and move in with your grandchild; create a robot look-a-like to do your day job; or use Jackson Fish Market’s A Story Before Bed program to record yourself reading a children’s story online. What a great way to share an intimate moment with your grandchild when you’re miles away. Here at Carbonfund.org, we applaud efforts like these to bring people together in low-carbon ways. Virtual meetings, teleconferences, and now nighttime stories can take place without carbon-intensive flights or long drives. Innovative solutions like Jackson Fish Market’s are the kinds of ideas we need to transform our carbon-intensive economy into a clean energy future. That’s not to say you shouldn’t drive to read to your grandkids if you can, but we should all strive to minimize our carbon footprints wherever we can.
With gas prices trending higher and battery prices falling, plug-in cars are expected to make up 9 percent of the U.S. auto market by 2020 and 22 percent by 2030, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report. Electric cars currently cost more than 75 percent of cars being sold—but individual states are providing financial incentives for people to get on board. California, for example, offers vouchers of  $10,000 to $45,000 for companies that operate hybrid-electric fleet vehicles in-state. You can search for electric vehicle vouchers in your state at the U.S. Department of Energy site and find out how to reduce your driving emissions here.
Thursday, 19 November 2009 14:52

How Far Will the Electric Car Go?

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The US auto market should have two electric cars to choose from in the near future - the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt. These vehicles could start the revolution towards zero direct emission cars that are more efficient and less harmful to the environment. But questions are starting to mount over how far these cars can really take you. NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. LEAF ELECTRIC CARAccording to an article in the Washington Post, the Leaf has an all-electric engine that can take you 100 miles on one charge, and the Volt has a gas-electric engine that will take you 40 miles on a charge and then run off its gas engine. Even though many people drive significantly less than 100 miles per day (particularly in urban settings), the fear of having an empty battery with no where close to charge it can strike concern for some. To preemptively combat this fear, a coalition of forces is calling on the government to spend billions of dollars to help build the infrastructure to give drivers the ability to fuel their batteries on-the-go. Though most people will be able to get all the charge they need at home when the car is parked, an on-the-go infrastructure would certainly help. What do you think? Would you buy an electric vehicle even without a vast fueling station infrastructure? Image of the Nissan Leaf; also read this blog posting about the Volt when it was announced.
Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:34

Get a New Year’s Jump with Effective E-Learning

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Need a way to advance employee training in your organization at “the speed of business”? Articulate can help! The innovative New York company offers rapid e-learning software tools and training strategies that empower anyone to create engaging courses, presentations, quizzes and surveys that “make everyone look good” and produce results. Articulate’s end goal is to make each customer an e-learning hero. With its impressive roster of corporate clients – some of the largest and best-regarded companies in their respective industries – Articulate has the proven tools and track record to help any organization with its e-learning and training needs.

And for the sixth consecutive year, Articulate products have been named Best of E-learning in the annual Elearning! Magazine readers’ choice awards. Articulate earned the top spot in five categories in the 2010 survey, the most in a single year and more than any other company.

Articulate also gives back to the community and to the environment. Articulate helps empower e-learning in the developing world by donating $250,000 of its software through LINGOs, a consortium of humanitarian relief and development organizations. This year, Articulate became a carbon-neutral organization by donating to support Carbonfund.org’s carbon reduction projects. If your organization needs to hit the ground running in the new year, check out some of Articulate’s award-winning e-learning programs to give your employee training the boost it needs.

Carbonfund.org is proud to announce the launch of Ecosearch.co, a free online search service that enables anyone to help protect the environment simply through their everyday web searches. Ecosearch.co generates revenue from Google, which it uses to support international reforestation projects. One year from now, Carbonfund.org hopes to have planted three million trees through Ecosearch.co, or about 8,000 trees every day. To celebrate the launch and jumpstart their goal, Carbonfund.org will plant two trees for the first 250,000 new users who set Ecosearch.co as their computer’s default search engine and Like it on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ecosearch.co). “You can set Ecosearch.co as your default search engine and forget about it because you’re receiving the same great results,” said Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. “It’s one easy, free way to make a difference that anyone can do today.” Ecosearch.co chose to support reforestation projects because of the scope of their environmental and social benefits. Tree planting absorbs carbon dioxide to reduce climate change, improves air quality, preserves biodiversity, controls flooding by minimizing runoff and topsoil loss, provides habitat and nutrition for wildlife, and creates jobs managing tree nurseries, planting and care. “The devastation caused by mass deforestation is one of the most critical environmental problems facing our world and people today,” added Carlson. “We must develop simple and effective ways to reduce deforestation and ultimately turn the tide by reforesting crucial land around the world. Ecosearch.co aims to do just that.” Funds earned from ad revenue support projects like the Haiti Reforestation Initiative, which plants trees throughout Haiti, particularly the municipalities most impacted by the devastating earthquake in 2010. There local organizations work with communities to bring fresh life to the region via trees and jobs.

Carbonfund.org Partner Ecoprint is leading the printing industry by improving its environmental sustainability. Ecoprint lives up to Carbonfund.org’s motto of Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t. By reducing the energy intensity of their sales per dollar by over 40%, Ecoprint has significantly cut back on its carbon footprint. This helps the environment, Ecoprint customers, and their bottom line. For the power that they’ve had to use, Ecoprint was an early adopter of renewable energy. Their business has been powered by renewable energy since 2003. EPEcoprint has also lead the industry by developing eco-friendly printing processes. They invented a metal-free “eco-ink” free from dangerous heavy metals. This reduces heavy metal pollution and helps protect users from heavy metal ingestion. They also maintain their own line of 100% recycled papers, enabling Ecoprint customers to have a wide selection of eco-friendly products. Ecoprint specializes in printing publications, booklets, newsletters, and books. They cater to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and progressive businesses. If you need great printing services and want to minimize your impact on the environment, check out Ecoprint today.