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Broken resolution

The William Morris "Anemone" water bottle When TreeHugger reposted some of our TerraPass New Year's Resolutions the author snarked an "about time" to my commitment to avoid bottled water for the year. To the casual reader, I might have come across as an Evian addict who couldn't so much as look at a faucet. But honestly, I'm really the opposite,… read more →

When does additionality matter? (Part 2)

Second in a series. First one here. In his post criticizing the design of carbon markets, Sean correctly notes that additionality is a pain to measure -- an ever more expensive pain, as the industry matures and quality controls become more stringent. To take an example I know well, at TerraPass we spend tens of thousands of dollars per project… read more →

When does additionality matter? (Part 1)

Sean Casten recently wrote a provocative post on why "additionality" -- one of the bedrock principles of carbon markets as they're presently designed -- is an expensive waste of time. Sean is the president of Recycled Energy Development, a company that's raised jaw-dropping amounts of money to pursue some very cool clean energy projects. Our perspective on additionality as carbon… read more →

First project comment period a success

Six weeks ago we asked the TerraPass community for comments on our new candidate projects, a first for the U.S. carbon market. Seven projects have now gone through the process, and all of them successfully "passed" this step. They will receive support from TerraPass. TerraPass values transparency, so we've published a full summary and response to the comments we received.… read more →

Betting on Blair

Tony Blair announced (video) in London last week that he would lead an international effort to "break the climate deadlock." The former British prime minister will work with The Climate Group to devise a deal in which all of the world's countries, including key greenhouse gas emitters -- the United States, China, and India -- can participate. Blair told the… read more →

What can teenagers do to fight climate change?

An email came in recently from H.H., a thirteen-year-old on a "year long quest to find out how I can make a difference" in the fight against climate change. The email included a list of questions. They're good questions, so I'll answer them here as best as I can. And since I have no particular expertise in the advice-for-youngsters field,… read more →

Hassle-free rechargeable batteries

15 billion batteries end up in landfills every year. Which is a staggering number when you think that the toxic power monsters can easily be recycled. Or better yet, just get rechargeable ones in the first place. But if you're anything like me, then you've struggled with rechargeable batteries. Not least, because you have to have the charger with you… read more →

More ECO:nomics

Two more tidbits from the ECO:nomics conference: Recently I flagged a surprising comment from the Wall Street Journal: conventional wisdom in the press corps holds all three presidential candidates as equal on climate. I offered a few theories to explain this media blind spot, and upon reading David Roberts' summary of a panel discussion between the candidates' energy advisors, it's… read more →

Culture war: country music edition

I wasn't particularly planning to continue on the culture war beat, but then, I wasn't expecting Orion Magazine to publish exactly the type of article I'd like to see more of. In One Nation Under Elvis, author and environmentalist Rebecca Solnit uses music -- specifically country music -- as a jumping off point to examine the cultural and class markers… read more →

Interview with Fred Krupp

I had a chance to interview Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund and co-author with Miriam Horn of Earth: The Sequel (review here). EDF has a long and successful history of fighting to curb harmful pollutants. The new book looks at some of the emerging technologies that may make the whole idea of pollutants an outdated concept. TerraPass: I… read more →
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