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Welcoming our new efficiency overlords

The so-called incandescent light bulb ban (not actually a ban) included as part of the recent energy bill has prompted a low-level but consistent set of complaints that deserve further consideration, because they betray a fair amount of confusion about the which policy tools to break out for which issues. On the right, the reaction to the new lighting efficiency… read more →

New TerraPass projects open for comments

TerraPass has always prided itself on transparency. Today we're taking that one step further, and asking for your feedback on projects before we commit them to our portfolio. We're admittedly excited to solicit stakeholder comments on our projects: first, we believe the stakeholder process is an important tool to ensure that all information about a project is collected before deciding… read more →

Are you green? Or red?

Our road emissions calculator is pretty old by internet standards. This week we gave it a minor upgrade with a great new feature: you can now see your carbon emissions relative to the average U.S. car. Check it out, and give us some feedback -- what else would you like to see in our carbon footprint calculators? read more →

England: Our windmills are bloody enormous!

The Guardian reports on a new horizontal axis windmill, that promises to help the UK satisfy its ambitious wind goals. These are still on the drawing board, but are the latest in an attempt to create bigger and less maintenance-intensive windmills. This design is smart as it places moving parts at the bottom, rather than the top. Who really wants… read more →

(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 →
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