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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.



Nick Aster

International Carbon Initiative Failing: The Case of Papua New Guinea
June 19, 2008 08:55 AM - , Triple Pundit

In the pacific region countries have joined forces to tackle land-clearing in an attempt to reduce regional emission levels. One of the latest carbon partnerships, agreed to in April this year, is between Papua New Guinea and Australia. The agreement has been criticised from its inception and with the release of a recent forest analysis report covering PNG, the potential usefulness of the program going forward is further questioned.

Compostableware that leaves the others far behind
June 18, 2008 10:24 AM - , Triple Pundit

These days, "compostableware" is becoming increasingly common. Whether it's your to go box, or the lidded soup bowl, or the bio plastic cups for your drinks. And yet, something's not quite right. That soup bowl starts to bend. The to go box gets soggy. The cup is made from corn, which, GMO or not, is unsustainable and responsible for many issues both agricultural and economic in our society today. And that's just the beginning.

The Regulatory Arena for Voluntary Offsets
June 17, 2008 10:01 AM - , Triple Pundit

In the wild west of offset sales, regulators are the saloon owners who kept their guns locked and loaded under the counter. Regulation schemes are filling in to provide some consistency in a wildly unreliable marketplace. As you know, carbon offsets are extremely abstract. A buyer can't kick the tires, check the teeth, or do any sort of personal examination of the product before buying it. That's why regulation is so important.

The Death of the SUV and the Wisconsin City That Will Deal With the Repercussions
June 14, 2008 09:28 AM - , Triple Pundit

The GM auto plant in Janesville, WI is the company’s oldest in the country. Remember that television jingle we grew up hearing about Chevys being the “Heartbeat of America”? I think they were actually referring to Janesville. Opened in 1919, it survived both the Great Depression and WWII. The place is an institution. And according to GM CEO, Rick Wagoner, that institution is going to close by 2010.

UK Government Offers Cash For Biomass For Heat And Energy Generation
June 13, 2008 10:26 AM - , Triple Pundit

UK farmers and businesses producing biomass that can be used for fuel and electricity creation can apply for government grants of up to GBP200,000. By paying farmers for various types of wood, grass, straw and dead forest wood, the UK government hopes to raise electricity derived from biomass supply to 6% by 2020, up from 3.5% now. Demand for renewable heat is expected to increase to 6% by 2020, up from 0.6% currently.

Emissions Cap-and-Share: Peak Oil, Global Warming, and Economic Depression
June 12, 2008 08:13 AM - , Triple Pundit

Growing energy demand and peaking fossil fuel production may lead to worldwide economic depression and disastrous climate warming as oil and fossil fuel production peaks and energy demand continues to increase, cautions Feasta, the Foundation for Economics of Sustainability.

Whither Fuel Prices and National Energy Policy?
June 11, 2008 08:57 AM - , Triple Pundit

Republicans are unwilling to slap a 25% windfall profits tax and rescind $17 billion in tax breaks over the next 10 years for Big Oil that were earmarked to provide incentives to develop alternative energy, arguing that such measures would only add to gasoline prices at the pump and increase U.S. reliance on foreign oil.

Is LEED green enough? Conversations from Dwell on Design LA 2008
June 10, 2008 09:55 AM - , Triple Pundit

At this past week's Dwell on Design LA conference and expo, one of the most striking conversations centered on whether LEED standards are enough to meet the growing climate challenge. Energy consumption by buildings contribute to almost half of carbon emissions in the U.S. As a result, many city governments, including Los Angeles, have created ordinances for new buildings to comply with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.

Brazil Clashes With the World on Biofuels and the Global Food Crisis
June 6, 2008 09:36 AM - , Triple Pundit

At the UN Food and Agriculture Food Organization (FAO) summit that concluded today in Rome, Brazilian President Lula da Silva said the US is full of bad cholesterol. Defending his nation’s ethanol production against arguments that biofuels are causing deforestation and worsening the global food crisis, Lula said that the real problems are agro-subsidies and food crop-based biofuels. He compared ethanol to cholesterol in a speech last night to the FAO Committee, saying, “There is good ethanol and bad ethanol. Good ethanol helps clean up the planet and is competitive. Bad ethanol comes with the fat of subsidies.”

Th!nk City: "The iPod Car for the Google Generation"
June 5, 2008 09:45 AM - , Triple Pundit

As the cost of oil continues to soar, and as big names like GM and Ford plan to focus production on smaller, more fuel-efficient cars, Norway’s Th!nk City car couldn’t be entering the US at a more opportune time. The Th!nk City is a compact, electric car capable of going up to 100 km/hr (approx 62 mph) and travel 180 km (approx 112 mi) on a single charge.

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