Why Regulation of Carbon Credit Markets Is Needed

Larry J. Kane

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There is a growing fascination among climate scientists and economists with the concept of negative carbon emissions.[1] It is a key factor underlying announcements emerging almost daily of the commitment by yet another large corporation to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.[2] Examples include Apple, BP, Ford Motor Co., Mercedes Benz, Microsoft, and Shell Oil, among others. These announcements are appearing in such numbers as to give the impression that, despite mankind’s rather abysmal performance to date in curbing carbon emissions, the Paris Agreement’s goals may still be within reach.[3] But a cold splash of reality…


Melting Glaciers

Larry Kane

It is impossible to ignore that climate change is already having significant impacts in the U.S. and other countries of the world. The mean global surface temperature has already increased 1° C above pre-industrial levels, and the corresponding increase is greater over land masses.[i] At its worst, some areas of the world, such as in the Middle East and Pakistan, for example, are experiencing weeks or more of peak daily temperatures over 50° C (122° F), at the very extreme of human tolerance. Many more areas are incurring temperature increases that, though lower than such extremes, are high enough to…


Larry Kane

Greed certainly didn’t originate in the United States but, at the risk of oversimplification, it lies at the root of many of the most serious problems plaguing this country. Simply put, much of American society has grown addicted to greed and its pernicious attributes. This is not the first time in American history that greed has arisen as a serious social problem, but it is trending upward to such a degree that it threatens the continuation of our democratic republic and its vision of fairness and equal opportunity for all citizens. Greed manifests itself in many forms, but…


Our Last Chance to Save Our Children’s Future

Larry J. Kane

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The Nature, Cause and Impacts of Climate Change

Introduction

Imagine a mid-July, 2060, in Chicago, Illinois, where beleaguered residents, now numbering over 4 million, are sweltering with midsummer heat over 105°F. Such extreme temperatures, unheard of 40 years ago, have become all too common over the past decade. Overloading of the antiquated electric grid from continual operation of residents’ air conditioners and service interruptions from a higher incidence of severe storms have combined to produce frequent brown-outs of electrical service. Over 3,000 lower income Chicagoans have died already this…

Larry Kane

Larry J. Kane is a retired environmental attorney from Indianapolis, Indiana with over 43 years’ experience. He has received numerous awards for his work.

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