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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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Stop the Vote! Can a Cap-and-Trade System Really Work to Reduce Emissions in the U.S.?
December 6, 2007 09:04 AM - , Triple Pundit

In theory, a U.S. Federal Cap-and-Trade System provides market incentives to lower our nations's carbon emissions. That is why the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is seriously considering adopting the Warner-Lieberman Bill this week (albeit with currently over 150 amendments). But the E.U. experience with a Cap-and-Trade market shows that carbon emissions have increased under this policy.

NREL to Cut Emissions 75% by 2009
December 6, 2007 09:01 AM - , Triple Pundit

The Environmenat Protection Agency’s National Renewable Energy Lab is at the forefront of change in the nation’s energy resources sector. Its R&D and public-private partnership programs run the gamut of emerging new renewable energy and clean technology, enabling the crucial transition from “bleeding edge” to “leading edge” to take place. Its outreach efforts, meanwhile, are catalysts for the adoption of comprehensive, long-term climate change strategies in both the private and public sectors.

On Tuesday at the EPA's Climate Leaders meeting in Boulder, Colo., NREL committed itself to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions 75% between 2005 and 2009. Two new renewable energy projects are expected to go a good way towards achieving its goal: a five-acre solar cell array will provide some 7% of the Lab’s electricity needs while a biomass combustion plant using forest thinnings as fuel stock will replace 75% of the natural gas currently used to heat the Lab’s research buildings.

AskPablo: Should I buy a hybrid?
December 4, 2007 08:22 AM - Pablo Paster, Triple Pundit

I began by researching the prices and fuel economy of five hybrid vehicles and their non-hybrid counterparts: Ford Escape, Honda Civic, Nissan Altima, Saturn Aura, and the Toyota Camry. The Saturn Aura Hybrid is not priced much higher than the standard model but some research showed that this vehicle is a bit of a joke in the hybrid vehicle world. It's mpg increase is not impressive, the electric motor is weak, and the vehicle can apparently only run in fully electric mode up to 3 miles per hour. For these reasons I have excluded the Saturn Auro from the results. The Toyota Prius is also notably absent, a decision made due to the fact that the Prius is a hybrid specific vehicle and there is no non-hybrid baseline vehicle to compare it to.

Global Warming Warrior
December 1, 2007 10:14 AM - Lexington Blood, Triple Pundit

In June of this year, WEATHERBIRD II, a 115-foot research vessel trolled the Pacific Ocean dumping more than 20 tons of iron dust into the water near the Gallapagos Islands. Why? This proved to be the first attempt to profit from the long studied however unproved antidote to global warming. This is an idea spawned by the company, Planktos, spearheaded by D. Russ George a Greenpeacer and environmental project manager with the Canadian government. The iron dust has caused phytoplankton to bloom upon the ocean's surface which should, in theory, then suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere by the tons and sink it deep into the ocean.

IT's Drive to Go Lean, Clean & Green
November 30, 2007 08:32 AM - Andrew Burger, Triple Pundit

Hats off to Google…I’ve been around a while now and I’ve never seen what has so quickly grown into such a large, influential organization be so openly idealistic, agile, innovative and committed, not only to green tech but to corporate social and environmental responsibility in general. Better yet, leading IT companies in general are making real and substantial commitments to becoming more energy efficient, reducing carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions, and minimizing pollution. It’s a good thing and it couldn’t come at a better time as by instituting such change transnational IT industry leaders can blaze a clean and green tech trail in developed and developing nations alike.

MagLev Wind Turbine
November 29, 2007 09:01 AM - , Triple Pundit

MagLev wind turbines, the next generation of wind turbines is capable of generating power from wind speeds as low as 1.5 m/s and reported to operate in winds reaching 40 m/s. This large wind turbine from maglev industries will also increase generation capacity by 20% at the same time decreasing operational costs by 50% over the traditional wind turbine. Maglev also claims that this particular turbine will be operational for 500 years, a staggering claim.

Renewable Energy: Talk is Cheap and Google Puts Their Money Where Their Mouth Is
November 29, 2007 08:38 AM - Tom Schueneman , Triple Pundit

Google “renewable energy” today and you’re likely to come up with – Google. (How many companies can claim both a verb and a noun for their name?)

As everyone reading this blog (or any blog) knows, it wasn’t that long ago that anyone even uttering such a phrase as “Just google it”, would have probably been met with muffled titters, sideways glances, and quiet whispers questioning the utterer’s grip on reality.

Google has since changed that reality and aims at, just possibly, doing it again. This time in the area of renewable energy.

Connecting the dots between mind, body, and green
November 29, 2007 08:33 AM - Paul Smith, Triple Pundit

For people that are so focused on increasing the wellness of the planet, and the conserving, reusing, and reconfiguring of the use of resources in innovative ways, there is often a distinct lack of personal sustainability practiced. As in taking care of yourself. When you spend all your energy on circumstances external to yourself, you're less able to make a powerful impact in the very areas you're seeking to make a difference.

Willie Wonka and the Chocolate (biodiesel) Truck
November 28, 2007 08:47 AM - Tom Schueneman, Triple Pundit

Two men left England last Friday on their way to Timbuktu in a truck powered by chocolate.

For the sake of accuracy, the truck is powered with biodiesel fuel made from “waste chocolate” (I never knew there was such a thing as waste chocolate!).

Leaving from England on a ferry across the English channel, the team of Andy Pag and John Grimshaw plan to make their 4.500 mile journey in approximately three weeks.

Climate Change & Business: The Carbon Disclosure Project
November 27, 2007 11:26 AM - Andrew Burger, Triple Pundit

“greenwash” – painting an organization “green” through advertising, promotional and marketing campaigns – has risen along with the public, government, investor and media attention focused on climate change. That makes developing the means to monitor and assess corporate social and environmental responsibility an even greater necessity if investors, the public, national governments and international bodies are to make responsible and well-informed investment and capital allocation decisions.

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