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SolarX, a West African renewable energy equipment provider, raised its first round of capital this year. About 57% of the continent’s population does not have access to reliable electricity, which creates obstacles for everyday life and commercial business activities. The...
Offshore wind capacity is growing even as the pandemic-induced downturn crushes energy demand.Sea-based power should grow by a record 6.6 gigawatts of capacity this year — eventually expanding by 31.9 gigawatts in 2030, according to the Global...
Scientists create biofuel using waste from used cooking oil and lithium batteries.Innovative ways to create biofuels are seen as growth area for green investors.Process may alleviate problems such as disposing of toxic used batteries and getting rid...
Meet the social enterprises pandering to your pets.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to your email free every morning, subscribe here.
Indian corporations are increasingly shifting to renewable energy sources because they are often the cheapest power sources. India now the world’s second-largest market for corporate renewable purchasing power agreements after the U.S. Regulatory and policy changes will be needed...
Actis is finding profits developing a green shopping mall and bringing power to millions in Cameroon, something it’s repeating throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America.Actis has invested in renewable energy projects — in countries including Mexico, India,...
Advances in nuclear technology will result in safer, cheaper reactors, allowing the sector to play a major part in the transition to a low-carbon future. Small, modular reactors, high-temperature gas reactors, nuclear batteries and fusion reactors are among...
AXA’s latest climate report lays out financial losses caused by floods, storms and extreme temperatures, and discusses costs of transitioning to greener technologies. Investors are on track to lose millions as the causes of climate change wreak havoc...
Closed Loop gets vote of confidence from Fortune 500 consumer brand backers, as they opt to keep capital in a pool available to fund recycling technology. Backers including Pepsi and J&J recently extended initial five-year commitment after approving...
Financial institutions are pitching their eco-credentials as the coronavirus subsides. Clean energy commitments will matter most. This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to your email...
Upward Farms, an indoor agriculture company, raised $15 million to boost its operations. Vertical farming companies are booming amid the COVID-19 outbreak, which has increased demand for locally grown greens. The company aims to increase the diversity of bacteria...
Lab-produced food sales gain as health and sustainability concerns grow.Perfect Day, which produces dairylike products in a lab, recently raised $300 million in funding.Lab-grown meat, for example, could reduce the use of energy by as much as...
Environmental activists criticize Chevron Corp's $5 billion play to buy Noble Energy, saying the deal will boost the company’s production of fracked fossil fuels. Chevron acquires Noble’s fields in regions including the Permian Basin...
New measurement for a company’s expected global warming impact may help investors. CDP ‘temperature ratings’ tool lets investors weigh a company’s impact on the climate. ‘Temperature ratings’ are the latest addition to the dizzying number of ways to measure...
Netflix’s “Down to Earth with Zac Efron” is a delightful look at sustainability through a place-based lens. Who expected to learn about Iceland’s renewable energy and Paris’ water filtration system from the “Greatest Showman” star? 
Recovery from COVID-19 focusing on positive environmental changes would create $10.1 trillion in business opportunities, World Economic Forum says. Transition would require $2.7 trillion in annual investment through 2030, improving current businesses and creating new ones. Pandemic presented the...
"Down to Earth with Zac Efron" is an accessible and informative look at sustainable livingShow’s focus on what already exists, rather than hypotheticals, makes it inspirationalAs coronavirus reignites the conversation about how sustainably our lives are designed,...
Loop Industries says it has come up with a solution for how to better recycle plastic waste. Only 10% of all plastics produced worldwide have been recycled and plastic waste is polluting the environment and hurting wildlife.The moves come...
While the U.K. moves to ask retirement funds to disclose their portfolios’ carbon footprint, U.S. authorities may limit pension plan managers’ ability to factor in environmental, sustainability and governance issues in their investment decisions.
As OPEC and external allies such as Russia move to ease steep cuts in production on the back of expectations of a fragile recovery in demand, the pace of investments into renewable energy is expected to continue,...
Quantum computers will help the chemicals industry discover new fertilizer production chemicals to replace a 100-year-old process and lower CO2 emissions. New quantum-generated chemicals to synthesize fertilizers will cut 3%-5% of the world’s natural gas consumption and reduce...
When BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, says it will “punish” companies for their “climate inaction,” what does it mean? Maybe the other 244 companies on its “watch” list will react differently when they find out.
Royal Bank of Canada Global Asset Management is working on future proofing its portfolio of over $300 billion to protect its assets from the impact of climate change. IPCC, a United Nations body that...
Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s and House Democrats’ climate crisis plans aim high —  and very wideThe plans call for $6.7 trillion in investments to build a clean energy economyWhile technology exists to achieve the Democrats’ goals, many...
Airlines start reporting second-quarter earnings this week and we will get a look at just how bad things are for the industry, crippled by the pandemic and the struggling economy, and a sense of whether they are...
While the energy sector is hurting due to COVID-19 induced lockdowns, renewable energy provider Sunrun purchased its strongest competitor in a billion-dollar move to expand operations. The deal will enable $90 million annually in cost savings and reduce...
USMCA is supposed to improve on NAFTA when it comes to ESG criteria, but actions by the Mexican government are likely to curb renewable power and bolster pollution. The government’s moves are likely to halt investment in Mexico’s...
Investment management firm Circulate Capital is seeding companies that prevent ocean plastic in South and Southeast Asia, raising $106 million. The fund recently invested $6 million in plastic recycling companies in India and Indonesia aims to show the...
Nuclear power emerged as a controversial issue for attendees at a global clean energy summit held by the International Energy Agency. Environmentalists have long been split on the use of nuclear energy, which some view as unsustainable and...
Any meaningful environmental impact risks being diluted if European countries are the only ones embracing the idea of a green recovery. The EU and the U.K. account for about 10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Climate...
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