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Triple Pundit

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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The Triple “P” Wave and the Road to Bali
November 23, 2007 08:54 AM - , Triple Pundit

The line forms on the left as heads of state and other high-ranking government officials announce pledges and ambitious plans aimed at reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions in the build-up to the United Nations Climate Conference to be held in Bali December 3-14.

Saudi Arabia pledged US$300 million and the neighboring Gulf States of Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates US$150 million each to establish the OPEC Environmental Fund last week at the closing of the Third OPEC Summit in Riyadh.

Catching Power Out of Mid-Air
November 20, 2007 09:08 AM - , Triple Pundit

The times have certainly given way to digital but radio waves are re-defining their value. The Tate Ambient Power Module, patented by Joseph Tate of California, converts radio-wave energy (manmade and natural) into energy that can be used by small appliances such as smoke detectors and clock radios.The device is simple in its design and composition.

The Ambient Power Module (APM) is nothing more than an electronic circuit connected to an antenna and grounded to the earth. Tate made this come to life by just loosely wrapped wire around a 3-inch plastic tube with a whip antenna. This module will deliver low voltage up to several milliwatts dependent upon the local radio noise levels and antenna specifications.

AskPablo: How can I reduce the emissions of my company's fleet?
November 19, 2007 05:07 PM - , Triple Pundit

This week Jamie asked me about the climate change impact of her company’s vehicle fleet and the options for reducing it. Her company has a vehicle fleet of 738 vehicles that average around 30,000 miles per year each. That adds up to 22,140,000 vehicle miles per year, or 0.00131% of US annual passenger miles (22,140,000 miles / 1,689,240,950,000 miles).

 

The Real Green Car of the Year Award 2008
November 17, 2007 08:58 AM - , Triple Pundit

At the L.A. Auto Show this year, there were two separate award ceremonies for the Green Car of the Year 2008. Inside, at the "official" award ceremony, the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid was announced the winner. Outside, at an "unofficial" ceremony staged across the street, the Plug-In Toyota Prius Hybrid won the prize. So which is the greenest car of the two? The Chevy Tahoe gets 20 mpg. The Plug-In Toyota Prius gets 100 mpg.

Digital Audio and the Hydrogen Economy: My Personal Journey
November 14, 2007 08:00 AM - , Triple Pundit

Penn State researchers Bruce Logan and Shaoan Cheng announced yesterday the results of experimental research that produces hydrogen from microbes. Built upon earlier work that led to the production of electricity from microbes, Logan’s team has shown how to take those same hard working microbes and make hydrogen. Could the hydrogen economy be just around the corner?

Several years ago, after reading Eco Economy – Building an Economy for the Earth by Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute, I felt I had a pretty good understanding of how a hydrogen based economy might work. Since its publication in early 2001 (and doesn’t that seem so long ago) I kept reading reports of the “false promise of the hydrogen economy” and my enthusiasm waned for hydrogen, despite my respect for Lester Brown’s visionary work. The obstacles to making hydrogen an efficient carrier of energy do appear daunting.

An End to the Petrodollar?
November 13, 2007 10:44 AM - , Triple Pundit

On Friday, June 16, 2006 Samuel Brittan wrote in the Financial Times (page 11) that "the most likely trigger for a dollar collapse would be a US housing market setback." I read this with gratitude that someone was actually addressing this important global threat but I had to respectfully disagree. The greatest threat to the role of the US dollar as the international reserve currency, and indeed the global economy itself, is a sudden end to petrodollar hegemony.

Nanosolar: Power to the people
November 13, 2007 08:19 AM - , Triple Pundit

Nanosolar coatings are as thin as a layer of paint and can tranfer sunlight into power quite efficiently. Imagine the possibilities, from solar coated shingles to solar lined windows to solar powered cell phones and ipods. Solar powered buildings and homes might just become standard in the future thanks to this innovative technology by Nanosolar Inc. The almighty dollar will launch these thin-film solar cells into worldwide applications thanks to the fact that it's actually cheaper than burning coal.

AskPablo: What's up with "Clean Coal" and Carbon Capture and Sequestration?
November 12, 2007 08:20 AM - Pablo, Triple Pundit

Many people have asked me about the feasibility of "clean coal" paired with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) as a genuine option for a more sustainable future. In a previous article I wrote about coal-fired power plants (see AskPablo: Coal-Fired Power Plants) so I won't beat that dead horse too much. However, I will discuss coal-to-liquids as well as the feasibility of CCS.

Some politicians will have you believe that coal-to-liquids is a viable and sustainable alternative to our dependence on oil-based fuels. Whether or not these politicians are from coal-rich states, or which party they belong to I will leave up for you to explore.

act2: The Evolution of Eco Friendly Laptop Cases
November 8, 2007 09:13 AM - Paul Smith, Triple Pundit

These days, there seems to be an abundance of green alternatives to a myriad of products. Food, cars, clothing, energy, even web hosting. And for the most part, they don't, unless you want to, trumpet their greenness. What about laptop cases? If you have a look, there's plenty of them out there: Hemp, recycled tires, even pillow cases. But what if you're well, normal, and you just want a case that you can take to work, while keeping true to your values? Up until now, you were largely out of luck. Sure, there's the new line by Targus, but it falls short, largely defining itself by what it is not, in this case, it has replaced the PVC...with what? It doesn't say.

You Can't Eat Scenery: Economic Progress, the Environment and Indicators
November 5, 2007 08:05 AM - , Triple Pundit

Well, it may not be as beloved or popular as The Year’s Ten Best Films or Ten Worst-Dressed Academy Awards attendees, but from its lofty seat on the shores of Lake Geneva, the august World Economic Forum has issued its Global Competitiveness Report 2007-2008, ranking 131 national economies based on a survey of 11,000 business leaders and according to factors grouped into 12 categories.

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