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Daily Carbon Count

In an effort to raise public consciousness, the Guardian, the UK daily newspaper will from now on report the CO2 level in the atmosphere is its daily weather forecast. This followed a suggestion by a reader, as it is indeed the best indicator of how burning fossil fuels is impacting the climate change.

In an article published recently we are all brutally reminded that at the beginning of the industrial revolution, the carbon count was at an estimated 280 ppm. It now stands at a staggering 411 ppm, as measured at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii. The last time the Earth experienced that level, trees were growing on the Antarctica, and the sea levels were 20 meters higher than now... Needless to say, that it is on a permanent rise and not expected to show a decline in a foreseeable future.

Did you know that under our umbrella foundation (Fondation de Luxembourg), 1 sheltered foundation out of 10 is involved with environment protection, and that US charities that focus on the environment or animal protection represented $11.83 billion or 3% of all donations in 2017. The largest recipients of US generosity were religious institutions, which received 31% of all donations, or $127.37 billion. Is this the right balance?


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