The Carbon Counter displays the running total amount of long-lived greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere, measured in metric tons. The number of tons can also be expressed as the concentration of GHGs in the atmosphere.
Because carbon dioxide (CO2) is by far the most common of all greenhouse gases and has the greatest total impact on climate, climate change experts frequently just use the word 'carbon' as a convenient shorthand to cover all the polluting GHGs in the atmosphere. That is why we refer to the 'The Carbon Counter' even though the Number includes much more than just carbon dioxide.
Parhelion believes that climate change is one of the most significant potential challenges faced by humanity. We also believe that market based solutions are one of most effective policy responses to mitigating this risk. Furthermore we also believe that the insurance industry can be a significant contributor to the solution. Nonetheless climate change and carbon markets are complex subjects. The details are not always intuitive and sometimes controversial. In this section we are pleased to provide a range of information either developed by Parhelion or links to high quality external independent experts to help clarify these areas.
International Off Trade Map - Use this interactive map to explore the international trade in offsets between the EU and the rest of the world in 2008. Select different types of offset projects using the menu on the left. Choose the countries you are interested in on the right. The thickness of the lines represents the amount of offsets being traded. Projects selling fewer than 50,00 permits will only appear as a red dot.
European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Map - Use this interactive map to explore how emissions trading is operating in the EU. You can search the data in lots of different ways including by postcode (enter: postcode, country) by sector or by selected companies. Click on the power station and factory icons, which are scaled according to size of their emissions, to find out about their emissions and allocations of permits. The installations with more permits than they need (i.e. long) are shown in red.
California Cap and Trade: AB32 - From January 1, 2012, California started it cap-and-trade program with enforceable compliance obligation beginning with 2013 GHG emissions. The California Air Resource Board (ARB) designed and administers the cap-and-trade program as one of its key strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020and ultimately by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.
Climate Change Guide - This section explains some of the more complex facts about climate change and also dispel some of the myths.
Climate Change Science - This section of the website goes into in-depth information about the actual science behind climate change.
Carbon Prices - Prices for a wide range of carbon permits and credits can be found on a range of exchanges and places. This link will take you to one of the leading exchanges where you will be able to see up to date price and volume information.