Ivan Chan

Ivan Chan

circleofhope2With the Copenhagen UN Climate Change Conference set to begin in about a month, we'll be blogging on developments regarding the conference. Carbonfund.org has been advocating for strong climate legislation by the US to reduce the country's contribution to global warming. In addition, we have educated and outreached on global warming to our supporters as well as audiences to which we have access. Most recently-- we participated in the 350 global day of climate action in Washington, DC. We look forward to continuing our work with other 350 organizers and grassroots organizations. A photo of the day's Circle of Hope in front of the White House, courtesy of Grist, reminds us all that climate change is a global problem, and our country must be a part of the solution. Bookmark our blog, or follow our RSS feed, to keep tabs of developments on global warming and the Copenhagen conference. You can also follow us on social media such as our revamped Facebook fans page and our Twitter page. Visit our blog often for news and information about Copenhagen and other global warming developments! Join in the discussion by submitting your comments to each blog. Let us know what you think about our blog by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thanks!
scpYour donations to Carbonfund.org's Million Tree Challenge go farther with Staples Copy and Print centers this week only! MTC_treeStaples will be collecting $1 donations from customers at its U.S. stores' Copy & Print centers from April 18-24 and will match customer donations raised during this time, up to $20,000. Already since the launch yesterday the program has resulted in donations to plant over 3,000 trees! Tree planting not only helps reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but provides habitat for local species, reduces erosion and provides jobs for communities in planting and care. Please help Carbonfund.org reach the goal of planting a million trees:  visit a Staples Copy & Print center to make a donation that will be matched, or check out our campaign page to learn more and donate today!
A number of senators are spending Congress' August recess viewing and speaking about the effects of global warming. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) visited Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park in Colorado on Monday and heard from park staff and scientists on the impacts of global warming. The AP's Kristen Wyatt reports that on Monday's tour the senators were shown, for example, dying pine trees infected by beetles spreading as temperatures warm in the Rocky Mountains. National Park Service Assoc. Director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Herbert Frost said climate change could be the most "far-reaching and consequential challenge in our history." McCain commented, "A common misperception is that this is a crisis that is down the road. Climate change is real. It's happening now."Udall-McCain Alaska's Democratic Senator Mark Begich said today he'll host four other senators on a tour this weekend in his state. The senators are expected to see retreating glaciers, forests damaged by invasive species, and drying wetlands. They'll also visit the North Slope to see the Prudhoe Bay oilfield. The senators are Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who's chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Image Credit: AP/Ed Andrieski
SAMSUNG1Samsung makes a broad range of consumer electronics, and at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2010), the world's largest consumer electronics trade show, the company has made a number of announcements. Introducing the world to its new products at its booth #11026, Samsung has also addressed the environmental impact of participating at the show by offsetting its presence at the show, including the booth, which is the largest at CES, transportation, and lodging. CES“We are proud to partner with Samsung and offset the company’s presence at ICES 2010,” said Eric Carlson, Carbonfund.org's president. “It’s one of the ways that Samsung is demonstrating initiative on protecting our environment, while helping to create awareness that everyone should Reduce What They Can, Offset What They Can’t™ to fight climate change today.” Samsung is offsetting in support of the Tensas River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge Reforestation Project. CES2Samsung's commitment to the environment is also expressed in its Plug-In To eCycling program, which promotes and fosters opportunities for consumers to donate or safely recycle their used electronics and replace them with new environmentally-friendly models. At the show, Samsung is unveiling its eco-design and energy efficient products including LED (light-emitting diode) TVs, 30" free-standing induction ranges and other products. TV3The company released a survey it conducted in November that found a full 45 percent of respondents say they’d be a lot more likely to purchase consumer electronics from a company that produces energy efficient products. While 74 percent of consumers feel it is their duty to save the planet for future generations, 60 percent also cite saving money as a leading reason for trying to be more environmentally conscious. Please visit www.carbonfund.org/business to learn more about how you can reduce and offset the carbon footprint of your business or event by supporting third-party validated carbon reduction projects in the US and abroad. You can also learn about Samsung's environmental commitment and programs at www.samsung.com/green. Images Courtesy of CNET/CBS Interactive, Engadget/AOL News
Managing greenhouse gas emissions is increasingly a part of how businesses need to operate. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asks global companies annually about their emissions, as well as risks, opportunities and actions in mitigating climate change. The outcome of this year's CDP report places Samsung, a Carbonfund.org partner, among the top five companies in carbon disclosure and performance. Carbon performance includes actions taken to reduce emissions and integration of climate-related priorities in business strategy, governance and communications. The other companies in the top five this year are Siemens, Deutsche Post, BASF and Bayer. "Carbon management is becoming a strategic business priority and competitive driver for the largest global companies, despite the lack of global agreement on climate change," said the CDP. Also, 85 percent of leading global companies surveyed reported having board or senior executive level responsibility for climate change and nearly half, 48 percent, are now embedding climate change initiatives into the overall business strategy and across the organization. Carbonfund.org recently launched Carbon ExpressTrack™, a web-based solution for businesses that makes carbon management and accounting more accessible and affordable, so more businesses can monitor and mitigate their emissions. Click here to learn more. The uncertainty over regulations on climate change is affecting companies around the world, yet nine in ten companies surveyed note significant commercial opportunities in mitigating climate change. This year's CDP report was produced by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Running's getting more popular in fitness routines in part because of 5K and 10K runs. Just in the Washington, DC area the Washington Running Report lists many such races. They can be great opportunities to plan a day or weekend around without becoming exhausted. In the DC area, a great place to get ready for a race is Pacers. It's not just a running store, but a community. Pacers Running Stores have several locations in the DC metro area. They provide running and walking footwear, apparel, accessories and nutrition products. Their website highlights upcoming races, including 5 & 10K events as well as marathons and triathlons, and is strong on connecting racers with each other through social media, including twitter, facebook, YouTube and more. Pacers also has an iPhone app, which keeps you informed about events while you're on-the-go. Pacers also is active in the community, supporting causes like the fight against global warming by partnering with Carbonfund.org to collect donations from the community. You can learn more about Pacers at www.runpacers.com, and learn how you or your business can also support Carbonfund.org by visiting our website.
wheatfieldA Purdue University-led team determined that urban dwellers in developing countries could be the most adversely affected population by global warming. These include working people in countries like Bangladesh and Zambia. Even more developed countries like Mexico and others would be among those most at risk from more heat waves, droughts and extreme weather, which affect agricultural production and can raise food prices. Thomas Hertel, professor at Purdue and executive director of the university's Center for Global Trade Analysis, said in Science Daily,
"Food is a major expenditure for the poor and, while those who work in agriculture would have some benefit from higher grains prices, the urban poor would only get the negative effects... This is an important finding given that the United Nations projects a continuing shift in population concentrations from rural to urban areas in virtually all of these developing countries."
With nearly 1 billion of the world's poor living on less than $1 a day, extreme events can have a devastating impact, he said. Other reports on global warming impacts relate the harm on coastal areas in developed as well as developing countries, and the impact of droughts and extreme weather on agriculture and public health globally. The complete article on the urban poor, co-authored by The World Bank's Syud A. Ahmed, is at Environmental Research Letters.
RTFimgThe Return to Forest Project and Tengchong Conservation Carbon Project were honored at an event Wednesday concurrent with the UN Copenhagen climate conference. The What is Missing? Foundation recognized the two reforestation projects among projects helping to restore or provide habitats and protecting biodiversity. The foundation is named after Vietnam Veterans Memorial architect Maya Lin’s last memorial, a multi-sited artwork being built to draw attention to the loss of habitats and biodiversity. The event, the Support REDD+ Gala in Copenhagen at the COP15 conference, was hosted by The Coalition for Rainforest Nations and the governments of Gabon, Guyana and Papua New Guinea. Return to Forest and Tengchong are in southwestern Nicaragua and southwestern China, respectively. In addition to their ecological benefits, the projects benefit local communities by providing, for example, tree planting or other economic opportunities. Also, the reforestation projects will each sequester about 170,000 metric tons of CO2 in their lifetime. Please donate now to support these important projects that are fighting global warming today! Learn more about What is Missing? and Maya Lin at www.carbonfund.org/unchopatree.
Monday, 12 April 2010 16:39

Reduce Paper Waste with 41pounds.org

Did you know the average adult receives about 41 pounds of unwanted, or junk, mail each year? Carbonfund.org partner 41pounds.org helps you stop delivery, saving you time, paper and space in your mailbox! logo4The cost for five years is $41, which works out to $8.20 a year. $15 of the fee can be donated to a charity partner such as Carbonfund.org. You get to choose the charity during check-out. 41pounds.org also provides a money-back guarantee: their service will eliminate most, i.e. 80-95%, of junk mail including catalogs. The service can cover your entire household for those five years, even if you move, get married or change your name. Reducing paper waste is a great way to reduce what you can, offset what you can't. Check out 41pounds.org today, and reclaim your mailbox! Learn more about ways you can reduce your carbon footprint by visiting www.carbonfund.org/saveenergy.
bg2What can you do to beat the traffic, get a workout and revel with other commuters? Try biking to work on Friday, National Bike-to-Work Day. The annual event occurs the third Friday of May, and if you haven't tried it, biking to work can be fun. Here in the DC area, for instance, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and Commuter Connections of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments have organized the region’s activities. One of the many "pit stops" in the region will be in downtown Silver Spring, near Carbonfund.org, at the Discovery Communications headquarters plaza. The pit stops will enable bicyclists to meet up, enjoy a bite to eat, have something to drink, and get a chance to win prizes or a free T-shirt. Pit stops will open and close at different times, so please check out the website. bg3Wherever you are in the country, you are likely to find an event to celebrate bike-to-work day. If there isn't one near you, consider getting together with some friends, family members or colleagues to organize a bike-to-work day in your community or area! Biking is a great (and healthy!) way to reduce your carbon footprint from commuting or just getting around. If you're not a bicyclist or don't want to participate, remember that you can reduce your footprint by offsetting in support of Carbonfund.org's carbon reduction projects. Happy cycling! Please share this posting with others. Thanks!
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