MDIA p3-04 AIR POLLUTION (GREENHOUSE GASES)

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The air pollution that we cannot see poses a bigger risk to our future than the air pollution we can see. When gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) are released into the atmosphere they change the way the sun's energy is absorbed into our climate system, and we now know that this is changing the way the climate system works. The potential for a catastrophic rise in global temperature is going to have consequences that are difficult to imagine.

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MDIA p3-04 AIR POLLUTION (GREENHOUSE GASES)

  1. 1. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING File: MDIA-p3-04-AIR-POLLUTION-(Greenhouse Gases)-150808.odp gess (c) All rights reserved MDIA AIR POLLUTION GREENHOUSE GASES
  2. 2. EXPLANATION This slideset is A WORK-IN-PROGRESS. It will be upgraded periodically. It is part of a series of more than 50 slidesets. Navigation to all of these is available here: FEEDBACK is welcome. Please email to Peter Burgess … peterbnyc@gmail.com … with a catchy phrase in the subject line so that it gets attention, and please identify the specific slideset(s) involved. This explanation is version v150801. The most current text is available at: MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING http://www.truevaluemetrics.org/DBadmin/DBtxt001.php?vv1=txt00010199 http://www.truevaluemetrics.org/DBadmin/DBtxt001.php?vv1=N1-Slidesets-p3
  3. 3. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING INVISIBLE AIR POLLUTION
  4. 4. Some air pollution can be seen or smelled. Some air pollution cannot be seen or smelled, but is still dangerous with the potential to do immense damage. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  5. 5. The next slide shows the composition of air pollution: (1) greenhouse effect, (2) particulate contamination, (3) increased UV radiation, (4) acid rain, (5) increased ground level ozone concentration, (6) increased levels of nitrogen oxides. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  6. 6. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun EOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun
  7. 7. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING ACID RAIN is caused by sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the atmosphere ...
  8. 8. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun EOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun ACID RAIN CYCLE
  9. 9. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING ACID RAIN causes tree to die …
  10. 10. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun EOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SPRUCE TREES DEAD FROM ACID RAIN
  11. 11. OCEAN ACIDIFICATION is also increasing most likely caused by increased carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere ... MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  12. 12. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun EOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun OCEAN ACIDITY
  13. 13. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun EOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun OCEAN ACIDITY
  14. 14. OCEAN ACIDIFICATION has the potential to disrupt the life cycle of many of the organisms that make up the ocean ecosystem with all sorts of consequences that are difficult to predict … MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  15. 15. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun EOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun OCEAN ACIDITY
  16. 16. The next slide also shows the composition of air pollution … MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  17. 17. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun EOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun ATMOSPHERIC POLLUTION
  18. 18. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING CLIMATE CHANGE … the next slide shows temperature data going back 150 years …
  19. 19. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun EOPTEMPERATURE HISTORY
  20. 20. … and this slide is a plot of data going back 1,000 years … MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  21. 21. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun EOPTEMPERATURE HISTORY
  22. 22. … and in recent years global fossil fuel carbon emissions have increased dramatically … MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  23. 23. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun EOPGLOBAL FOSSIL FUEL CARBON EMISSIONS
  24. 24. … with the Asia Pacific region increasing the most … MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  25. 25. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun EOPCO2 EMISSIONS ASIA PACIFIC, UNITED STATES, EU COUNTRIES
  26. 26. … as well as the Middle East though on a very much smaller scale … MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  27. 27. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun EOPCO2 EMISSIONS AFRICA, CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA, MIDDLE EAST NOT ON THE SAME SCALE !!!!!!!!
  28. 28. The United States is a profligate user of energy, with per capita carbon emissions far exceeding that of any other nation … MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  29. 29. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun EOPPER CAPITA CO2 EMISSIONS
  30. 30. The last slide is perhaps the most important in this collection … MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  31. 31. … and should drive a commitment to upgrade the performance of the US economy not towards more corporate wealth and GDP growth but to more efficiency and less bad impact on the environment … MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  32. 32. The United States has a very low price for energy compared to most other countries … MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  33. 33. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun EOPPRICE OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY BY COUNTRY
  34. 34. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun EOPPRICE OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY BY COUNTRY
  35. 35. Many sectors contribute to high energy use and high carbon emissions in the United States … MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  36. 36. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun EOPGREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS BY SECTOR … USA
  37. 37. The buildings we live in are a very big part of the US carbon footprint, almost twice that of the passenger cars we use … MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  38. 38. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun EOPIMPORTANCE OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
  39. 39. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun EOPIMPORTANCE OF BUILDINGS
  40. 40. Electric power generation is a major source of emissions … MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  41. 41. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING SunSun BOP Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun SunSun Financial Capital Human Capital Man Built Capital Natural Capital Sun INVISIBLE TOXINS IN AIR POLLUTION EOP
  42. 42. SOME THOUGHTS (1of 4) … The RISK associated with climate change is bigger than anything we have faced in all of history ... MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  43. 43. SOME THOUGHTS (2 of 4) … It is STUPID to ignore this RISK and very SMART to think about ways to reduce the risk and at the same time build a better world … MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  44. 44. SOME THOUGHTS (3 of 4) … Part of the solution is going to be deployment of new technologies that have been researched already … using our brains to the maximum ... MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  45. 45. SOME THOUGHTS (4 of 4) … Part of the solution is going to innovation in FINANCE and in BETTER METRICS so that really good decisions can be made about the allocation of human and financial resources to this challenge. MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING
  46. 46. REMINDER This slideset is A WORK-IN-PROGRESS. It will be upgraded periodically. It is part of a series of more than 50 slidesets. Navigation to all of these is available here: FEEDBACK is welcome. Please email to Peter Burgess … peterbnyc@gmail.com … with a catchy phrase in the subject line so that it gets attention, and please identify the specific slideset(s) involved. This explanation is version v150801. The most current text is available at: MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING http://www.truevaluemetrics.org/DBadmin/DBtxt001.php?vv1=txt00010199 http://www.truevaluemetrics.org/DBadmin/DBtxt001.php?vv1=N1-Slidesets-p3
  47. 47. THANK YOU Some links and contact information: Peter Burgess … peterbnyc@gmail.com Peter Burgess LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterburgess1 Link to TrueValueMetrics.org website http://www.truevaluemetrics.org/ Link to navigation to other slides in this series: MULTI DIMENSION IMPACT ACCOUNTING http://www.truevaluemetrics.org/DBadmin/DBtxt001.php?vv1=N1-Slidesets-p3

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