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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.
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Energy Scavenging: Squeezing Watts from Motion
May 28, 2008 09:09 AM - , Triple Pundit
Using the same technology that allows hybrid cars to recycle braking energy, Max Donelan invented a gadget that produces power from the human knee - capable of producing 2.5 watts of electricity per leg. The unit is not too practical at the moment, but the technology and potential is sound. Currently the knee power generator weighs in at 3.5 lbs and it looks very awkward to have strapped on. Although 2.5 watts doesn’t seem like too much it is enough to power 5 mobile phones free of charge or resource.
Johnson Controls Aims for LEED Platinum
May 26, 2008 09:23 PM - , Triple Pundit
As I've remarked on numerous times in the past (links here), Johnson Controls remains one of the great unsung leaders in efficiency - having been making buildings more efficient since long before it became trendy. Now, they've taken their expertise to their own operations with a complete gutting and renovation of their corporate headquarters with LEED platinum as the goal.
Hand Over Your Cooking Oils And Get A Reduced Busfare - Scottish Bus Network Goes Carbon Neutral
May 26, 2008 08:20 AM - , Triple Pundit
You can get a reduction on your busfare in Scotland if you hand over your cooking oil to a recycling plant making biofuels. Stagecoach, Scotland's largest transport company, booked so much success with this green scheme in the past six months, it's now embarking on a drive to become completely carbon neutral by the end of this year.
Creative Citizen Launches the Action-Based Green Wiki
May 23, 2008 08:24 AM - , Triple Pundit
Creative Citizen recently launched their public beta after being in private beta since September 2007. The two founders, Argam DerHartunian and Scott Badenoch, believe that their service is a key piece to what has been missing in the environmental movement.
Radical Solution to Climate Change: Global Dimming through Sulphur
May 22, 2008 08:26 AM - , Triple Pundit
Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers and Australia’s best-known global warming expert, yesterday released a new climate forecast. Since his last major forecast in 2005, he has projected a direr outcome and in turn suggests consideration of radical solutions to the global warming phenomenon, including ”ėdimming’ through sulphur. Professor Flannery spoke at a business and sustainability conference at Parliament House in Australia on Monday.
Mechanical Fin Power: Oceanic Power Generation
May 21, 2008 09:29 AM - , Triple Pundit
Tim Finnigan, a professor of ocean engineering at the University of Sydney in Australia designed a radical oceanic energy collector inspired by the design of shark tails. Mimicking the successful evolutionary design of the fish species, he constructed a device that seizes the power of the sea. “I realized the systems that function the best are the ones that already exist there,”Ě said Finnigan.
Unless You Are Clean Tech, VCs Likely Not Investing
May 20, 2008 08:42 AM - Scott Badenoch, Triple Pundit
Kleiner Perkins, the monolith of venture capital, released a 1.2B dollar green fund, and yet, what is the likely result? Clean tech companies getting big, fat, juicy checks. Mind you, one of these clean tech ideas will revolutionize the way energy is produced and therefore help to transform our society, but isn’t there more to “green”Ě than energy generation and storage? The question on my mind is whether VCs are genuinely good for the sustainability movement, outside of the clean tech arena. The answer: probably not. If you’re a clean tech company, possibly. If you have a truly altruistic company that shouldn’t have a 3 year horizon on an investment, emphatic no.
Supply Chain Companies Dread Potential Impact Of Emissions Legislation
May 16, 2008 09:32 AM - , Triple Pundit
A recent annual survey into the carbon reduction efforts by suppliers has revealed that business leaders dread the potential impact of emissions legislation on their activities. The survey, carried out by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a transatlantic not for profit organization, covered responses of 144 supply companies to multinational corporations.
Could Rising Food Prices In Poor Countries Trigger Change Among Western Economists?
May 15, 2008 09:07 AM - , Triple Pundit
The ongoing food crises in 36 countries around the globe are a cause of worry for major institutions such as the World Bank because the problems signal profound problems of disbalance in the world economy. The main reasons behind the high food prices in poor countries are the high oil price and market liberalization shocks. Biofuel crops are hardly a factor. Climate change is something that has played a role for as long as everyone can remember and it's only being recognized now.
IdleAire: Reducing Trucker's Environmental Impact
May 14, 2008 09:07 AM - , Triple Pundit
If you've ever been on a road trip, you've probably seen this sight at a rest stop: one, or many big rig trucks, just...idling. Not going anywhere. What is this, like a computer on "sleep," ready to go? No. The answer may surprise you. At least in the US, truck drivers are required to rest 10 hours for every 11 driven. A reasonable thing, but this often necessitates them sleeping in their cabins. And that requires power for the heating or cooling, and other comforts of "home" on the road. Power that comes from a running truck.