Posts by: pete

Repeat after me

In a former life I was a journalist for a national radio news program. Stories about the environment were always difficult to put on air. Whether the topic was rainforests, pollution, ozone, endangered species or one of so many other things that falls to the Environment Desk, we always struggled to make it sound interesting and relevant. The truth is,… read more →

Brr. What happened to global warming?

Freezing temperatures are damaging oranges in Florida. In the UK they're canceling soccer games because the pitches are frozen. New England is seeing record snowfall. "So much for global warming" quipped a friend (who should know better), with that look that says *I'm making a joke, but I'm also beginning to wonder…* Uh oh. It's tempting to point out that… read more →

TerraPass’ first forestry project

Although forestry-based carbon offsets have long been popular with consumers, TerraPass has never offered them. The idea of locking up carbon in trees makes sense -- after all, 20% of the climate change problem comes from deforestation -- but we were never able to find projects that met our quality guidelines. That has changed. Before we introduce our first potential… read more →

Comprehending the Pacific Garbage Patch

Chris Jordan uses his photographs to illustrate the complexities and enormities of the problem with have with our consumption and its impact on the environment. Until recently his work focused on a series called “Running the numbers” which attempts to give some meaning to all the huge statistics we hear about our environmental problem. Such as... > Two million plastic… read more →

The cost of inaction

We're in the middle of the first storm of the season on the West Coast. As I write this I'm looking at a pile of industrial hairdryers that are going to be used to deal with our soggy office: a couple of blocked drains on a patio at the top of the building caused a pretty severe flood in the… read more →

Helping your business to understand climate legislation

  • September 22, 2009
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A quick plug: On Tuesday September 29 TerraPass will be hosting a free webinar called *Climate change legislation and what it means for your business*. It's open to all (but you need to register in advance) and free. Panelists will include distinguished guests from the Climate Action Registry, ICF and Expedia who will discuss the topic with us. It starts… read more →

The four-day work week works

17,000 Utah state employees have been working four-day weeks since last August. Non-critical government and agency staff have worked ten-hour days Monday-Thursday and then taken three-day weekends. Some of the first findings from the experiment are in: - Nine months in, the state had saved $1.8 million on energy and cleaning bills (the savings are likely to be even higher… read more →

TerraPass offset transparency wins #1 spot

  • July 28, 2009
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TerraPass is one of the only offset providers to work directly with its offset projects. This means that the offsets we sell to individuals and businesses haven't been sourced through a third-party, but from farms and landfill owners with whom we work directly. We do this because we find it's the only way we can ensure quality: we know the… read more →

Climate change skeptics: put your money where your mouth is

We tend to post sites and articles we've read and found interesting on our twitter feed (it also has all of our blog posts if you can't wait for the newsletter). But every now and again one crops up this is worthy of a full link from the blog. Fed up with comments such as "it's so cold this spring… read more →

Can Twitter help us to save energy at home?

There's a house that tweets all of it's energy usage. And that's really just the beginning of the information it dumps onto Twitter every day. Even the mousetraps are wired into the matrix... Residential energy use accounts for a little over 20% of US energy consumption and therefore represents a great opportunity for savings and efficiency. It's no wonder then… read more →
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