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Hello Carbon Managers,

One of my old school teachers used to refer to September as, 'The Quickening'. It's the month when everyone realises that this year, just like all the ones before it, will draw to a close soon, and that just like every other year, they haven't done nearly as much as they wanted to with this one.

I deal with 'I'm-not-getting-enough-done-itis' by recognising that the amount 1 person can achieve is limited, but the effect from bringing more people into the fold can be exponential. So, I share more good stuff, and I ask innocuous but leading questions of the people I meet that (I hope) help them see the world more like a Carbon Manager does. It's not much, but I'm still mostly sane so it seems to be working.

Dean Hewson,
PS: I wrote in the intro to last week's issue that the Q-botix solar farm robot was a great example of Carbon Management thinking - I dug a little bit deeper into that in this blog post.

Employees at 'green' companies are significantly more productive, study finds

UCLA Newsroom

In a study published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior called, 'Environmental Standards and Labor Productivity: Understanding the Mechanisms That Sustain Sustainability', UCLA researchers found that by voluntarily adopting green practices, companies drive a 16% increase in the productivity of their staff. This is a huge improvement, and another reason why effective Carbon Management makes dollars and sense.

CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2012

Carbon Disclosure Project

The CDP's released their major report, looking specifically at the biggest companies in the world and the likely effectiveness of their strategies foe dealing with a changing climate and resource constraints. Worryingly, PwC (co-authors of the report) found, 'The average of the longer term absolute targets outlined by CDP respondents is drastically too low, at around a 1% reduction per year.' Must read.

Breaking Up the Echo: Cass R Sunstein

New York Times

Many have long assumed that presenting an 'objective' view of the facts on an issue is the best way to end the unneccesary polarisation of debates. Says Sunstein, 'Unfortunately, evidence suggests that balanced presentations — in which competing arguments or positions are laid out side by side — may not help. At least when people begin with firmly held convictions, such an approach is likely to increase polarization rather than reduce it.' D'oh.
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