Lessons in Emissions Trading from Down Under

australia.jpgBefore widespread carbon emissions trading, Australia’s Hunter River Valley was already succesfully trading another type of emissions: Salinity.
The valley is home to some of the country’s most productive agriculture as well as some major mining operations which have the unpleasant side effect of releasing lots of salty runoff which harms agriculture. By permitting a maximum level of runoff, and dividing it into “discharge credits”, a market was born. More on Ecosystem Marketplace.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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