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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 →

What’s the FTC got to do with carbon offsets?

Even a year ago, it would have been hard to imagine that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) -- the federal agency responsible for protecting consumers from misleading marketing claims -- would have any reason to wade into the world of climate change and cow power. But last week I went to Washington to represent TerraPass at an FTC hearing on… read more →

Latest flavor of carbon legislation: “cap and dividend”

A group of clever policy entrepreneurs led by Peter Barnes, a founder of Working Assets, has recently been talking up a variant of climate change legislation known as cap-and-dividend. If you're interested in this sort of thing, I recommend Barnes' Q&A over at dot earth, which is both concise and informative. Actually, there are a few variants being pushed. At… read more →

Paging Nordhaus and Shellenberger

This New York Times editorial says a bunch of stuff that I agree with, in a way that doesn't seem helpful at all: The overriding environmental issue of these times is the warming of the planet. The Democratic hopefuls in the 2008 campaign are fully engaged, calling for large -- if still unquantified -- national sacrifices and for a transformation… read more →

Looking back, looking forward

Adam (Stein) and Tom co-wrote this post. Looking back It feels a bit funny to write retrospectively about 2007, because so many of the events of the year were really just a prelude to what's coming next. We're in the early part of a still-unfolding story. Nevertheless, here goes: New products. Wedding launched in the spring, the green store arrived… read more →

Bicycle miscellany

A reader once criticized us for not writing enough about bicycles. It's true: we don't write enough about bicycles. Not sure why this is. Not topical enough? ("Breaking: bicycles still the most efficient mode of transportation known to man.") But it's a slow news week, so here's a bunch of fun stuff. Filed under "Anything You Can Do, I Can… read more →

Scooter planet

In an interesting bit of synchronicity, the Times ran two nearly identical articles on the rocketing popularity of motor scooters in the developing world, one focusing on Iraq, the other on Laos. Although neither article mentions global warming, the pieces do neatly wind together some of the threads that will continue to pressure our climate system well into this century.… read more →
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