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Test driving Renaut’s 100% electric car, the Fluence (lame name, cool car)

While in Copenhagen for last year’s climate change summit, Anthill contributor Dave Sag had an opportunity to test drive the Fluence, Renaut’s 100 percent electric car. As Sag reports, the loudest thing about the Fluence is its indicator. But is it a game-changer?

All atwitter at Copenhagen

Dave Sag is in Copenhagen this week covering the COP15 climate change summit for Anthill. This is his first post in the series.

I see REDD, I see REDD, I see REDD

Okay, this is, for some people, going to be an uncomfortable column to read as I am going to seriously challenge what for many seems like an obvious 'conventional wisdom'. In many cases it is better for the planet if you offset your carbon emissions than if you reduce them via your own in-house efficiencies. The woman with the fully carbon offset Hummer is probably a better friend to the planet than the man in his non-offset Prius.

Carbon pollution reduction — for fun and profit

When the Department of Climate Change decided to change the name of the national Emissions Trading Scheme to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, they really hit on a winner. Yes, it’s a bit harder to say – the CPRS doesn’t roll off the tongue like the NETS. In fact, it sounds a bit like a medical procedure, but it’s a brilliant name change because now the scheme is being referred to in terms of its goals, rather than its mechanism. The new name puts all the focus on what the scheme wants to achieve. The emissions trading scheme is simply the way in which it’s going to be done.

On bio-fuels

There has been a lot of criticism of late about bio-fuels and, like many issues, the good technologies are being tarred with the same...

The truth about offsetting

I was at a friend’s 40th the other night and got into one of those stupid arguments that you sometimes get into with other...

Shut the bleeding door!

Have you ever wandered off a cold and rainy street, through the open doors of a shop into somewhere warm, dry and seemingly a...

How do carbon credits actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

Previously, I covered how cap and trade schemes provide economic incentives for businesses to gradually reduce their carbon emissions in a cost-optimal manner. I...

What are Carbon Credits anyway?

The very best way to reduce your emission of carbon into the atmosphere is to make appropriate behavioural and structural changes so that you physically cease to emit so much carbon. Sounds obvious, hey? But the devil is in the detail.

Carbon neutral — says who?

October/November, 2007 You'll no doubt have read about all these businesses that have "gone carbon neutral," and thought, 'Gee, that's great, I'll go buy...

Reducing your carbon footprint

Step one in reducing your office's carbon footprint simply has to involve crushing one of the most stupid office habits - the take-away coffee....

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