The 501Carbon Blog

Defeating Climate Change Deniers

There is no debate left in the scientific community about climate change. It is a fact and a reality in our world that climate change is going to have an impact on all of us. Despite this, there is a cottage industry of climate change deniers that are doing their very best to try to fight back against the truth of climate change.

Carbon Offsets Explained

With growing awareness of how CO2 emissions have driven the problem if climate change, the concept of carbon offsets is becoming more popular. Until the happy day when technology that can generate power without using hydrocarbon fuels like oil, natural gas, or coal becomes more widespread, buying carbon offsets can be a great way for an individual to combat climate change.

Energy Poverty in Action

501Carbon's Director of Development Hasan Anwer blogs from the field. 14 ; that’s number of hours of the city of Lahore is without power every day. Some areas experience power outage for 20 hours every day. Before I left for the United States almost 2 years, I used to consider power cuts as a given and move on with my activities. I had not yet realized how detrimental they could be for one’s productivity and well-being.

Accurate Carbon Pricing Considerations

In a working paper entitled “Endogenous growth, convexity of damages and climate risk: how Nordhaus’ framework supports deep cuts in carbon emissions”, the climate change economists Dietz and Stern revisit Nordhaus’ DICE model, one of the most widely used model in climate change economics, to propose that policies that produce a deep cut in greenhouse gases emissions are needed, contrary to claims that only minor reductions are optimal.

Sustainable Energy For All Forum: The First UN Conference on Energy Poverty

The United Nations “Sustainable Energy for All Forum” is officially halfway through here at the UN NY Headquarters. Considering 501Carbon’s organizational mandate to provide working solutions to both climate change and energy poverty, we hope our attendance at the first UN forum dedicated to energy poverty will be somewhat historic.

2014 US National Climate Assessment Blog Series

Last week the federal government released the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment outlining the expected impacts of climate change on various regions of the United States. Primarily driven by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the 2014 NCA is a collaborative effort from every U.S. Administrative Agency designed to provide the most accurate estimates of economic and resource changes to be faced by the country in the coming decades resulting from climate change.

How Will You Experience Climate Change?

The most recent IPCC report shows that climate change is unequivocally happening. This phenomenon is being driven by man-made environmental changes, and human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and unsustainable resource management practices. Climate change does not directly cause weather events such as flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or droughts. It does, however, increase the frequency and severity of these weather events.