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(de)moralizing climate change

Long time readers will recall we have an affinity for Steven Pinker, although we no longer hire him as a copywriter (the Canadian exchange rate was just burning us). What you may not know is Pinker is quite the polymath, and proves his mettle in a brilliant essay on morality in last week's New York Times Magazine. Among his theses:… read more →

A proposal for climate philanthropists

Could this man's ideas lead to a new class of sustainable Carbon Reducing Enterprises? There are ups and downs in the fight against climate change and other issues of our day. Friday was a good day. Reuters UK broke the story that The Hewlett foundation, (update: together with other philanthropists) is planning a whopping $500 million a year fund to… read more →

How many planets do we need?

What do 236 cylinders of propane and the weight of a female African elephant have in common? Answer: they're both equivalents of the amount of carbon dioxide produced by the average American car in one year. So are you any the wiser on exactly how much 12,500 lbs of CO2 really is? Or how this relates to the (far, far)… read more →

TerraPass hits 100,000

It happened on January 16th at 6:40pm Pacific Standard Time: Heraldo Botelho, of Palo Alto, CA, purchased a flight offset for his upcoming trip to visit his family in Brazil. This is Heraldo's first time buying a TerraPass. He told us: I worry about the environment, but I still wanted to visit my family. I wanted to do something about… read more →

Explaining Carbon Offsets

Carbon Offsets can be difficult things to explain: we hear this from TerraPass members, telling us of their experiences explaining offsets to their friends; we know it ourselves when we try to write for this blog or our website explaining how small amounts of money can make real differences to the environment. And we see it on a regular basis… read more →

There’s something in the air…

In 2006 the charismatic British entrepreneur Richard Branson announced plans to reduce the environmental impacts of flying. He planned fuel-saving measures such as towing aircraft to the runway and the establishment of a Virgin Fuels division, funded with profits from his transportation companies. As the founder and part owner of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America, Branson is well placed to… read more →

Dissecting Flight Carbon Calculators

Flying is complex enough, so we try to make purchasing TerraPass flight offsets pretty simple. But if you've been searching around trying to get a more accurate handle on your carbon footprint, you may have noticed that lots of online calculators give you different results. Consumer Reports looked into this issue in a recent article. They compared the results of… read more →

The elusive green collar job

Someone help me puzzle this out: Proposition 1: a shift to renewable energy and energy efficiency will result in a boom in green collar jobs, good service-industry work that can't be outsourced. This proposition is attractive because it holds forth the promise of a grand alliance between greens and the labor movement. See, e.g., Tom Friedman and everyone who posts… read more →

What should businesses do to fight climate change?

David Douglas, the VP of Eco Responsibility at Sun Microsystems, suggests that green-minded businesses should look outside their own operations to the carbon footprint of their supply chains and customers: Carbon neutrality is a step in the right direction, but for many companies, its only a very small part of the overall impact they could have. It is in the… read more →

Introducing: the Carbon Balanced Business

We've just unwrapped our latest product offering: the Business TerraPass for balancing emissions from organizational activities such as on-site electricity use, off-site server energy use, corporate travel, employee commutes, etc. The product comes with a whizzy new carbon calculator for tallying business emissions. We've actually been helping organizations balance their emissions for a long time now, as our partner page… read more →
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