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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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"Plastic Soup" Debris in Pacific Ocean
March 5, 2008 09:23 AM - , Triple Pundit
Here's another reason for retailers to charge for plastic bags. The swirling debris of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean has now grown to a size that is twice as large as the continental U.S. How do we know this? The Alguita Marine Research team just landed from a month-long tour of the area, known as the North Pacific Gyre. They set out to investigate just how much plastic debris is floating in the ocean, how this plastic affects marine life, and how this might affect humans that eat fish found in the area.
Greenwash, Green Certification and Consumer Responsibility
March 5, 2008 09:19 AM - , Triple Pundit
Commenting on a recent “Countering Greenwash”¯ post, one insightful reader pointed out how ”¯green”¯ product certifications, such as the EPA-backed, Green Electronic Council’s EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) and the United Nations led StEP (Solving the E-Waste Program) - can be an excellent means of getting past the greenwash. I can only agree, depending of course, on the quality of the criteria and the rigor of any green product’s assessment.
Body Heat”¦and Power
March 3, 2008 09:15 AM - , Triple Pundit
Concerns about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions are instilling a new dynamism —and fueling something of a renaissance - in alternative energy research and development. It’s increasingly apparent even to lay observers like myself that there’s potential energy — in widely varying degrees and at widely varying scales — in natural processes all around us.
Richard Branson's new push, biofuels; coconut oil fueled airliner
March 1, 2008 09:18 AM - , Triple Pundit
Richard Branson, the business man that makes headlines seemingly every week. This time, it is for a green cause, he made history by becoming the first commercial airliner owner to fuel a flight with a partial load of biofuels. The debatable point is this, it took the oil of 150,000 coconuts and some babassu palm oil to power only 20% of one of four fat tanks on one of his 747 Virgin Atlantic airliners. The headlined trip launched at Heathrow airport and touched down at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, making the mark on what some would claim could be a revolution in environmentally responsible aviation.
America's Toxic 10 Corporate Polluters - A Story of Contradictions
February 29, 2008 09:11 AM - , Triple Pundit
America's "Toxic 10," a special report put out by Conde Nast portfolio.com, demonstrates that we have entered a new realm of corporate environmental governance. We frequently read headlines that highlight corporate sustainability initiatives, like "Ford's New Green Roof Initiative" or "Boeing's New Fuel-Efficient Airplanes." But the sad reality is that corporate giants, by and large, continue to violate egregious crimes against human health and nature. Almost every company listed in the "Toxic 10" has promoted some form of corporate greening, but this article shows that these may be attempts to legitimate and continue their polluting practices more than anything else.
Fiber Nanogenerators Put the Power in Power Walking
February 25, 2008 09:51 AM - , Triple Pundit
Researchers led by Zhong Lin Wang at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Materials Science and Technology, are developing power fibers that can be used to manufacture shirts and other clothing that can convert energy released during physical motion into electrical energy capable of powering small electronic devices in the field. Applications are widespread and extend beyond soldiers and other military personnel using such power generating clothing to scientists, engineers and other researchers, as well as everyday people eventually wearing them to sustain our ever expanding reliance and fascination with portable electronic devices.
LED Bulbs: Efficient lighting is here to stay.....
February 20, 2008 10:46 AM - , Triple Pundit
The introduction of LED light bulbs into the market has been hindered due to several factors. Namely: lumens (brightness) color (led produce blue radiance vs. white) market promotion and affordability. Although LED bulbs for residential and commercial applications are not quite where they need to be, they are starting to scratch their way into the market this year with more force than ever before.
Practicing Green: Uncovering and Countering Greenwash
February 20, 2008 10:41 AM - , Triple Pundit
Difficult to uncover, lacking adequate disclosure, regulation and enforcement mechanisms and offering high rates of return now that climate change and environmental degradation are high up on the political agenda, corporate “greenwash”¯ threatens the real and honest efforts of all those taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate climate change and minimize environmental destruction.
AskPablo: Valentine's Day Flowers
February 11, 2008 09:42 AM - , Triple Pundit
Valentine's Day is coming up, and I feel I should get my significant other some flowers. But I've read that flowers, especially in winter, have to be shipped from South America and other places. What's a responsible Cupid to do? Yes, Hallmark Day is upon us and it's time to give our sweethearts sappy cards, chocolate and little heart-shaped candies that taste like chalk. Aside from the commercialization, I do appreciate the intent behind the holiday and intend to brighten my wife's day with some flowers. You are right, though: With most of the nation in the midst of winter, there is little chance that those dozen roses are coming from your neighborhood rosebush.
World Oil Supply: Peak or Not Peak?
February 7, 2008 09:20 AM - , Triple Pundit
Taken together with the sharp and sustained oil price rise, rapid industrial growth in places like China, India and other large developing countries, the rapid rise to political prominence of climate change mitigation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts and associated incentives and incentives to promote alternative, renewable energy sources this has raised the uncertainty of demand for oil - and hence investment conditions — and put oil, and fossil fuel producers more generally, on the defensive. Looking at it cynically, you might say that they can cry all the way to the bank, at least for some time to come.