Is Bike-Sharing Becoming Bourgeois?

Bike-sharing programs are gaining momentum throughout Europe and even in car-loving US cities, but vandals and thieves are doing a bang-up job of chipping away at that momentum, and adding cost to the programs—especially Paris’ Velib scheme, as we’ve reported in the past. But a recent New York Times article explores the problem with bike-sharing … Continued


C.K. Prahalad Q&A: Lessons from the Bottom of the Pyramid

It’s been five years since the publication of “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits,” the seminal work by C.K. Prahalad, a professor of corporate strategy at the Ross School of Business of the University of Michigan. The book combined a pragmatic framework with inspirational case studies to show companies … Continued


Democratization of Electricity: Are You a Public Utility?

In typical Kennedy-esque fashion Robert Jr. delivered a liberal-environmentalist stem winder from the main stage at Solar Power International this morning, pillorying the coal and oil industries (“carbon cronies”), and calling for the “democratization” of electric power. He was largely referring to the perceived lobbyist-led stranglehold fossil fuels have on power production. But later in … Continued


Solar Conference Opening Coincides with Obama Stroll Through the PV Panels

In an example of either great timing, or a degree of scheduling cooperation that would be the envy of any trade conference, Solar Power International, the largest solar energy conference in the county, kicked off the same day as the Obama administration and its allies began a concerted push for a climate legislation package in … Continued

Solar in the Developing World: Potential and Pessimism

Amongst the seminars with titles like “The Real Value of Distributed Generation,” and “Innovations in Inverters and System Controllers,” at Solar Power International, one stood out as perhaps having a little more interest to the general reader: “Solar Opportunities in the Developing World.” As anyone who has ever looked into buying a residential solar power … Continued


US Chamber Will See Yes Men In Court

If you are a fan of the Yes Men, you probably ought to go see their newly released movie, The Yes Men Fix The World.  Multiple times.  With all of your friends and family.  The Yes Men will need all of the backing they can get, financial and otherwise, to fight a lawsuit filed by … Continued

Can Michelle Obama Help Reduce Soda Consumption?

Americans love soda, or pop, as it is called in some parts of the country. The love affair is one that is helping produce overweight and obese children, as a recent study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) points out. Perhaps there is … Continued

Is Monsanto Unstoppable?

The French documentary, The World According to Monsanto (Le Monde du Monsanto), calls the agrichemical company, Monsanto, “one of the most controversial companies in the industrial age.” The reason Monsanto is so controversial can best be explained by listing the products it has created: Roundup, genetically engineered seeds, Agent Orange, bovine growth hormone, and polychlorinated … Continued


Highlights From “Unfinished Business” Report on Energy and Climate

At a press briefing this morning, the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs from leading U.S. companies, discussed key points from their just-released report entitled Unfinished Business: The Missing Elements of a Sustainable Energy and Climate Policy (pdf). Building on the organization’s previous reports, More Diverse, More Domestic, More Efficient (pdf) and The Balancing Act … Continued


Would the Real Chamber of Commerce Please Stand Up?

Since it was founded in 1912, the US Chamber of Commerce has stood for a bunch of white-haired men in seersucker suits smiling benignly as they lead American commerce into the future. But in the last month, this patriotic institution — as American as Mom, apple pie, and campaign contributions — has found itself increasingly … Continued

Shock and Awe: EPA Halts Largest Mountaintop Coal Mine

The Environmental Protection Agency is serious: It really is taking on Big Coal in a big way. Following up on word last month that it would delay action on 79 mountaintop coal mining projects (EPA Takes on the Coal Industry), the agency on Friday moved to halt the Clean Water Act permit for the nation’s … Continued

Why A Movement Is Needed To Mitigate Climate Change

“This is the fall when humanity will make some very critical decisions; both in Copenhagen and in the House and Senate,” said Dr. Eban Goodstein, the moderator of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy’s bi-weekly National Climate Seminar. Two weeks ago, Bill McKibben was the featured speaker. The environmentalist, journalist and author began his talk … Continued

Maldives Underwater Meeting Catches Media Attention

Few people appear better positioned for Blog Action Day 2009 than Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed – and it’s been a busy year since he took office. Faced with growing threats of sea level rise, President Nasheed has made some bold claims since his election last November. From his statement earlier this year that his government … Continued

Suppressed Bush White House Climate Change Doc Finally Released

In honor of this year’s Blog Action Day theme — climate change — Triple Pundit would like to offer the following pundification: “Presidents come and go, but the science remains the same.” A 2007 EPA report on global warming, suppressed by the Bush administration, was finally released under the Freedom of Information Act on Tuesday. … Continued