11,000 and Counting: Feed-In Tariffs Prove Enormously Popular in UK

If the UK is anything to go by, feed-in tariffs (PDF) are an idea whose time has come. In just six months, Ofgem, the British regulating authority, has had more than 11,000 generators registering for feed-in tariffs, proving that small-scale renewable power is being installed at a phenomenal rate. If you do the math, these … Continued

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UK Minister Gives Glimpse of Big Society Bank

The UK’s Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, MP, gave a preview of the government’s plans for funding its Big Society bank at the Good Deals 2010 conference this week. “We want to make it easier… for people who can see a way things can be done better,” said Hurd. He added, “The prize is … Continued


Canada’s Climate Change Accountability Act Killed By Conservative Senate

At each of the last three climate summits, Canada has been deemed the world’s Colossal Fossil — the country that has done more to sabotage an international climate agreement than any other. After events yesterday, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that Canada will retain its title in 2010 at COP-16, and the world will pay … Continued


Eliminating Fossil Fuel Subsidies Trumps Cap and Trade

This past Sunday morning, I spoke at a charity brunch in Virginia. The brunch was actually part of a benefit to raise money for a local youth organization that’s working to build an organic garden and greenhouse for low-income families. It wasn’t a big event… No local politicians or big media names. Mostly it was … Continued


Video Interview: Why You Should Care About Feed in Tariffs

Government policies and subsidies play an important role in incubating and popularizing renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind.   This video interview with Ted Ko of the FIT Coalition profiles the nonprofit’s work in advocating for renewable energy policies in the US.  FIT, short for Feed-In-Tariff, is a government policy and subsidy plan with … Continued


UK Prime Minister Cameron Moves on Happiness Index

Following in the footsteps of Nicolas Sarkozy, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has directed the Office of National Statistics to develop metrics to measure the UK’s “general well-being.” Happiness indices have received a fair amount of press in recent years (including here at Triple Pundit) since Nobel Laureate economists Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen began … Continued

Nick Hurd, MP at the Good Deals Conference, London

Funding the Big Society: Just How Important are Social Impact Investment Metrics

The UK Good Deals conference kicked off with more warnings than aspirations for the future of social impact investment.  A panel made up of banks and charitable trusts expressed the need for metrics and a new multiplicative understanding of a social asset class– all big asks that hinge on behavioural change. One of the most … Continued

Borrowing from Facebook: New Directions in Microfinance

By: Brendan Rigby “The microlending movement that was supposed to help lift millions of people in India out of poverty has in recent weeks fallen into chaos.” This was the lead for the Wall Street Journal’s feature article on the current microfinance crisis in India. The article goes on to shine a rather critical light … Continued


Microfinance Participants Refuse to Pay Following a Series of Suicides

The biggest hurdle to microfinance sustainability might not be its financial viability, but social acceptance. In reaction to local regulation changes, thousands of micro-debt holders in India recently stopped making loan payments even though they have the money to pay. Microfiance, an industry with a history of overcoming criticism and obstacles in offering small loans … Continued

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Small Businesses Will Help US Keep Pace With Asia’s Clean Tech

In his 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama predicted: “The nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy.” The good news is that the number of patent filings in the US Patent Office shows that America is pushing hard to lead the global race toward … Continued

Californians Reject One Anti-Environment Initiative But Vote For Another

Two propositions appeared on the ballot which could gut California’s Global Warming Solutions Act or AB 32. Proposition 23 would have suspended AB 32 until the unemployment rate stayed at 5.5 percent for one year. Fortunately, 61.4 percent of Californians voted against Proposition 23. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said of Proposition 23’s defeat, “This was a … Continued


Smoke Filled Clouds Won’t Cast A Shadow on the Solar Industry

In a way, saying that we should continue to use coal instead of solar because of the cost of installing solar is too high is not that different than saying we should take showers using bottled water because the cost of installing indoor plumbing is too high.


CDP Pushes Cities to Disclose Their Climate Impact

CDP points out that the world’s population is becoming even more and more urban. Cities only occupy about 2% of the world’s land, but house half of its population. Despite the contributions of agriculture to pollution and climate change, the CDP-Accenture report maintains that cities could contribute up to 80% of the globe’s total emissions. The effects are numerous: many of these cities are in coastal areas, making them vulnerable to rising oceans. Health issues are numerous, especially on children and the elderly. Tourism and the local business climate could be affected as well. Not all is lost, however.