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New guide to green parenting

It's a powerful image. A child asks a parent, "What did you do to try to stop it?" I am not a parent, but I am at an age where many of my friends are starting families. No matter what shade of green they were before becoming parents, I've noticed a consistent and considerable change in behavior. They are researching… read more →

Bush on climate: right words, wrong numbers

President Bush just delivered his speech on climate policy at the White House this afternoon. Billed as a major shift in the president's views on the subject, Bush set a goal of stopping the growth in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. The president said that U.S. representatives would present this target at a meeting of the major carbon-emitting countries… read more →

Making child’s play out of clean energy

Staff at TerraPass Towers have been busy looking around for new products to add to our popular green store. While Smart Strips, Kill A Watts and other energy-savers (many more to be announced soon) can be great ways of directly reducing your footprint, they're not the most, well, fun products on store shelves. Recently we came across some great games… read more →

When does additionality matter? (Part 4)

This post is the slightly tardy conclusion of a series (see parts one, two, and three). Let's wrap this up by shifting gears a bit. Additionality is central and essential part of the carbon offset market. Additionality is also, in the long term, probably not relevant to the energy efficiency market. The reason hinges on the difference between carbon offsets… read more →

Paper, plastic, beef or veg

Someone once asked why we don't write more about food issues. This post is for you. Prompted by Seattle's proposed twenty-cent charge on grocery bags, Sightline has once again highlighted their study of the environmental impact of paper vs. plastic. Check out the handy graph on the right. The vertical axis is "embedded energy," meaning the amount of energy required… read more →

Congestion pricing, R.I.P.

Just a few days ago I wrote approvingly of New York City's plan to levy an $8 fee on drivers entering the downtime Manhattan area during peak hours -- and now, on the brink of passage, the plan is dead, spiked by a recalcitrant state legislature. Environmental economist Charles Komanoff has been close to this issue for a while, and… read more →

Most popular car among TerraPass web visitors: Prius by a mile

We've been doing some data-crunching on use of our carbon calculators and our sales figures. With over 500,000 footprints calculated, we found plenty of interesting nuggets to bundle together as the official "TerraPass Carbon Footprint Awareness Survey." Some highlights: Out of over 2,300 different vehicles searched for in the road calculator, the Toyota Prius was the most popular. It accounted… read more →

Getting people out of cars

Couple of driving-related tidbits from the past week: Washington, D.C. just built a brand spanking new ball park. They didn't build many parking lots to go alongside the ball park, opting instead to provide a free bike valet, enhance the nearby subway station, and add a ton of bus service. They also ran an advertising campaign asking people not to… read more →

When does additionality matter? (Part 3)

In two previous posts, I've attempted to establish that additionality is neither some strange concept relevant only to carbon offsets, nor an awkward patch used to fix a defect in the design of carbon markets. Rather, the concept of additionality is applicable to any incentive system, whether subsidy, tax, or whatever. The real question is what degree of additionality is… read more →

Gore launches $300 million climate change advocacy campaign

Al Gore today unveiled the "we" campaign, a $300 million effort to raise public awareness of climate change -- both the problem and its potential solutions. The aim of the campaign is to create bottoms-up pressure on legislators to tackle the issue. Lots of details in the Washington Post and in Grist, so I'll just offer some quick impressions: Setting… read more →
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