US businesses that commit to cutting carbon emissions by 3 percent annually through 2020 could reap as much as $190 billion from reduced energy bills, increased productivity and innovation, and using new clean energy sources such as solar, says a new report from the World Wildlife Fund and CDP, reports Daniel Cusick at Climate Wire. But the window of opportunity is closing fast, and failure to begin curbing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by 2020 will make it much harder to meet carbon reduction goals over the long term, says the report. It will also increase the risk of business disruptions caused by extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and severe storms, the report states. Can US businesses close what is called the “gigaton gap”? The gap is difference between expected 2020 carbon dioxide emissions and the level of emissions necessary to prevent the planet from warming by 4 degrees Fahrenheit from preindustrial levels. This means US businesses must shave 25 percent from their current annual emissions by 2020. Not doing so will cost US businesses, and the world, a lot more.
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