Polar Bears International

12/13/2013 6:05:48 AM

Good News Friday {Carbon Tax Prep, Goodbye to Dirty Coal, Tax Rebates & More}

We like to go into the weekend with a smile on our face and we bet you do to. So, it's time for some Good News Friday.

We look at the good things that are happening for polar bears and carbon reduction.

• We've been saying that there needs to be a value placed on carbon. Now major corporations are agreeing—or at least they are planning for it. In an editorial in the Dallas News they write, "We applaud this awakening, which research group CDP North America chronicles in a recent white paper. It brings a dramatically new dynamic to efforts to restrict carbon emissions. By CDP's tally, at least 29 major companies — familiar names such as Wal-Mart, Microsoft, Walt Disney, Wells Fargo, General Electric and at least nine major energy companies — see a carbon tax in their future and are in the process now of building it into their business plans. It's (past) time for Congress to do the same." 

• The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has, become the latest public financial institution to say goodbye to old-fashioned dirty energy, with a move that implemented properly could see an end to coal financing. The announcement represents a major shift for the EBRD, which increased its coal funding by €60 million between 2006 and 2011 - with 48% of its total energy financing going to fossil fuels and just 11% to renewable energy. 

• Are you thinking about taxes, yet? With energy tax rebates, you can save money while lowering your impact. More money, less carbon emissions—that's a win all around

• Hudson Bay began to freeze a couple of weeks earlier than in recent years, lengthening the seal-hunting season for the Western Hudson Bay polar bears—one of the most endangered populations in the world. Sea ice stretched out about six miles from shore by the third week of November, and the migration of the bears from land to the ice was well underway by that point. Some fortunate visitors in Tundra Buggies® actually witnessed polar bears feasting on seal kills just offshore. Not every bear headed to sea immediately, but we feel better knowing they are out there eating right now. Read more about it here.

Have a great weekend!

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