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TriplePundit is a tripod of resources surrounding the Environment, Society and Business. You can't have a successful economy without a healthy environment and a healthy society, and vice versa. That concept is called the triple bottom line, which is where the triple part of the name comes from. It's a new and broader way of looking at business and the world.

The model of the site is to be a digest. Triple Pundit is not offering heaps of editorial commentary, just talking about things they've found valuable and interesting.

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Nick Aster

Oil Executives: Oil Out, Renewables In
December 15, 2008 10:14 AM - , Triple Pundit

Big oil has once again gone into the confessional - and while oil industry execs have hinted at diminishing available supplies in the past, when prices were high, their recent admission that we're running out of cheap oil is surprising now that prices have slid back down to three year lows. This recent juicy piece of news (we'll get more into it in a bit), coupled with Obama's nomination of several energy-savvy cabinet members and the recent World Energy Outlook released by the International Energy Agency indicates that renewable energy is about to come on the scene in a big way.

Los Angeles Seeks to Add 1.3 Gigawatts of Solar Power by 2020
December 12, 2008 09:27 AM - , Triple Pundit

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently announced plans for Los Angeles to supply 10% of its electricity generation from solar power. Dubbed "Solar LA", the ambitious plan would create the largest installed base of solar power of any city in the world. Mayor Villaraigosa told reporters at the plan's unveiling last month, "Our solar initiative is the largest of any kind anywhere in the world. When it takes full effect, LA will have 1,280 megawatts more capacity -- more than exists in the entire United States today."

The Financial Proposals At Poznan
December 10, 2008 08:42 AM - , Triple Pundit

The ongoing global climate negotiations in the Polish town of Poznan are all about financing, insiders say. So what proposals are on the table? A roundup of some headline generating plans: The future of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is at the heart of the discussions. New projects in this mechanism, which allows emission-reduction projects in developing countries to sell credits to industrialized countries wishing to meet their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol, are worth $25 billion. Last year alone, $82 billion worth of carbon credits were traded globally. The certificates are aimed at boosting technology transfer to developing countries.

How a Local Firewood Cooperative Can Lower a Nation's Carbon Footprint
December 9, 2008 09:36 AM - , Triple Pundit

It’s one of the biggest issues currently being addressed in Poznan: How can we stop the burning of forests as poor people burn firewood to make a living? Wood is also increasingly popular as a biomass fuel. So what’s the deal? Can we burn wood and not impact the environment?

First Hybrid Solar and Gas Power Plant Under Construction
December 8, 2008 09:22 AM - , Triple Pundit

The sunshine state is in the spotlight for a groundbreaking solar plant that will add solar thermal collectors to an existing gas fired power plant. The result will save 2.75 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions over 30 years, while providing reliable power. Natural gas power plants are criticized for generating power from a costly fuel source. Solar power is criticized for generating electricity only when the sun shines (although solar energy storage is solving this problem). Could this hybrid power plant be a marriage made in heaven?

Ecoflation Threatens the Future of Economic Stability
December 5, 2008 10:13 AM - , Triple Pundit

According to a recent study released by the World Resources Institute, in conjunction with ATKearny, the world has experienced a remarkable rise in the prices of vital commodities in recent years. Including energy and agricultural products, the average price of oil, for example, between 2006 and 2008 rose by 110%, wheat by 136%, and rice by 217%. The purpose to highlight these numbers is to call attention to the increasing scarcity of natural resources—as these drastic increases impact companies, household, and entire economies, it is becoming more and more imperative to find better, more efficient ways to manage them in the 21st century.

Obama's Environmental Agenda: Will it Help or Hurt the Manufacturing Sector?
December 4, 2008 08:55 AM - , Triple Pundit

Well I guess it was just a matter of time before the opposition to a new, potentially progressive environmental policy began to spread across the media like roach trails on a dirty counter top. It's no secret that President-elect Obama is likely to push for a massive increase in renewable energyinvestment, and a drastic reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Not surprisingly, the latter isn't sitting well with the folks that are responsible for a big chunk of those emissions.

Iameco Green Computers Have a Lesson or Two for Apple
December 3, 2008 09:12 AM - , Triple Pundit

With all the recent hullabaloo about the new greener Macbook, it's easy to forget that there have been some green computers out on the market for some time, and that they address areas that Apple has not. While Apple is to be applauded for their efforts, there are other companies that take green computing further: Iameco (said "I am eco") is the product of Dublin based Micropro Computers. What makes them greener than your average beige box? As Paul Maher puts it, they are updateable, upgradeable, reusable, and recyclable. And in some cases, biodegradable. More on that in a moment.

CleanTech Goes Through The Roof
December 1, 2008 09:43 AM - , Triple Pundit

Investment managers at cleantech funds are looking at the world with totally new eyes these days – the financial crisis, which has ravaged stock prices and wiped out major financial institutions, offers buying opportunities that are unprecedented. Now’s the best time to snap up bargains, they say. The hard numbers prove this ain't illogical. The US clean tech sector rose 55% to more than $2.4 billion over the past twelve months. One of the main drivers of this could be the US government's $700 billion Housing and Recovery Act stimulus package. The tax concessions boosted wind energy, geothermal and biomass projects and are expected to have a long lasting effect on the capital markets.

Fly the Friendly Green Skies This Holiday Season
November 25, 2008 08:58 AM - , Triple Pundit

As many Americans get ready to fly to their aunt’s house in Milwaukee or grandmother’s house in Syracuse for Thursday’s traditional Thanksgiving meal, many critics are chiming in again about the polluting and wasteful nature of the air travel industry. In fact, air travel has come under sever criticism this year not only for how much fossil fuels are used and how many carbon emissions are produced, but also for many companies’ attempts at greenwashing the industry.

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