Carbon Management in the Built Environment, written by Rohinton Emmanuel and Keith Baker, is the complete introductory textbook covering low carbon management for the built environment. Carbon Management in the Built Environment integrates climate change science, design, materials science, and policy into a classroom friendly text.
Why does this matter to those of us interested in tropical forest conservation? It is because many of the components of the built environment are extracted directly from or produced by embodied energy from tropical forest landscapes.
Carbon Management in the Built Environment opens with a discussion on the global context of climate change then follows with a specific description of how this context relates to the built environment. The final section teaches tools used to manage carbon footprints within the built environment.
Each chapter includes easy to use sub-headings organized around key Learning Outcome Statements. Formulae are presented simply so that anyone can use them in a professional setting for footprint management.
One novel idea would be if the authors of Carbon Management in the Built Environment could include a comprehensive case study focusing on a publicly traded stock of a company that builds and operates and manages buildings. This could integrate the reporting requirements of both the Carbon Disclosure Project and Forest Footprint Disclosure Project within a carbon footprint analysis of this real estate company’s activities. This would be useful as we could understand better how tropical forest footprints are related to the carbon management of our built environment. While this idea may seem abstract at first glance, cities have carbon footprints through the sourcing of their timber and fiber-stock materials for building’s construction and operation and management.
With up to 90% of all energy use—primary, secondary, and final energy—occurring in cities, Carbon Management in the Built Environment is a book that presents ideas that all of us who are interested in tropical forest conservation and mitigating climate change need to be familiar with.
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Author: Rohinton Emmanuel and Keith Baker
Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, LEED AP, is a natural resource scientist and financial consultant.
(03/13/2013) India’s dependence on coal-fired power plants for energy may be leading directly to the deaths of 80,000 to 115,000 of its citizens every year, according to the first ever report on the health impacts of coal in the country. The report, commissioned by the Conservation Action Trust and Greenpeace-India, deals only with the direct health impact of coal and not climate change. But even ignoring the rising pain of global warming, the bleak report outlines that coal consumption in India is causing over 20 million asthma attacks, nearly a million emergency room visits, and killing some 10,000 children under five annually.
(03/11/2013) Tropical forests may be less sensitive to global warming than previously thought, argues a new study published in Nature Geoscience.
(03/07/2013) China will not introduce a carbon tax in 2013, reports Bloomberg.
(03/06/2013) Carbon dioxide now makes up around 395 parts per million in the atmosphere, according to new data from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Measuring atmospheric carbon in Mauna Loa, Hawaii, the NOAA notes that last year saw a jump of 2.67 parts per million, second only to a record jump in carbon concentrations in 1998—2.93 parts per million. The news further dampens hopes that nations will stick to their goal of keeping global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.