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Key Takeaway: Stratospheric drones, which developers see as capable of handling satellites’ telecom jobs, still require lighter batteries, more efficient solar cells and tougher structures.
Formula 1, one of the biggest shows on earth broadcast to over half a billion fans, wants to become a sustainable sport and is aiming for “net-zero” carbon emissions by 2030.  Formula 1 events...
Key Takeaway: Revel’s stability-first business model may interest investors looking for moderate gains in the growing micro-mobility sector. 
As entrepreneurs eye space as the next location for internet infrastructure, astronomers worry the night sky may never look the same. Elon Musk’s SpaceX, using its Falcon 9 reusable rocket, launched 60 Starlink satellites...
Key Takeaway: Industry leaders and governments should stop hiding behind the Jane Fondas and Greta Thunbergs of the world. Tackling climate change in a meaningful way also...
Musician and entrepreneur Kanye West unveiled plans to make production of his Yeezy shoe brand more sustainable and to bring its manufacturing to America. He also hinted at moving away from harmful dyes prevalent in the textile...
As data mining expands, so too, do users’ concerns over how to keep their data from falling into the hands of the wrong people.  While the public has been concerned about tech giants like...
Google, the company with a founding principal of “don’t be evil,” is seeking startups in Europe and Africa focused on climate change and sustainability, hoping to provide them with funding and expertise to get them off the...
SoftBank tightened the reins to curb the excesses of startup founders after the spectacular, multi-billion dollar failure of WeWork forced the tech investor to take huge losses and take a hard look at its mistakes.
Uber Technologies Inc., which has shown it can dominate the ride-sharing industry, has yet to prove to Wall Street that it can make money, and hangs on to its ultimate unicorn status. The company...
When climate experts start with the boiling frog comparisons, the news isn’t going to be good. Such was the case this week when Andreas Hoepner, a sustainable finance expert, joined European Commission experts, professors...
The Trump administration’s rolling back of rules protecting the environment from hazardous coal plant waste comes late in the game — coal isn’t growing, nor is there much financial impetus to revive the industry.
Key Takeaway: Most of the world’s chocolate is still made with cocoa harvested by children, nearly 20 years after attention was focused on the matter. While progress...
If you are currently wearing a pair of Allbirds sneakers, you’re probably in agreement with the company’s slogan: that they’re the world’s most comfortable shoes.  But the ubiquitous direct-to-consumer sneaker startup did not get...
Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil’s former CEO and a one-time U.S. secretary of state, told a New York City courtroom that his former company didn’t lie to investors about the risks climate change posed to the firm, rejecting...
Virgin Galactic’s shares briefly scraped the stratosphere before returning to earth in the space tourism company’s stock market debut. The world’s first publicly traded space tourism company closed down four cents at $11.75, valuing...
As ExxonMobil Corp.’s trial for misleading investors about climate-change risks unfolds in New York, two former scientists in Washington D.C. told a congressional subcommittee that the company decades ago chose to ignore evidence they turned up about...
Key Takeaway: Formula E, the electric car racing series, serves as an incubator for the world’s biggest car companies’ EV aspirations. The companies test their latest work...
Key Takeaway: Independent drink makers and brands like Ever & Ever are embracing aluminum as a more sustainable alternative in order to influence change, despite increasing competition...
For a few hours at least, high in a glass-covered Manhattan skyscraper, corporate leaders abandoned the idea that dirty skies and water were an unfortunate but necessary consequence of the effort to create jobs, profits and strong...
Solar power may no longer need the training wheels. Spurred by tax breaks, as well as venture funds pouring billions into startups, solar is going mainstream. Despite sun power generating only about 2% of...
Key Takeaway: Pristine, green and progressive, Norway keeps its air clean thanks to hydropower and banning fossil fuels to heat buildings. But that hasn’t stopped the nation...
Green investments, at times shunned and misunderstood by mainstream investors, may be having their moment in the sun.  In a latest sign that investors are seeking opportunities to fund companies that mitigate greenhouse gas...
The European Union wants to lead the world in fighting climate change, but its massive and influential investment bank, which funds energy projects around the continent, is stuck as member nations debate how to care for the...
Key Takeaway: Eco-friendly startups are hoping to disrupt the lightly regulated dry cleaning industry — but first they have to teach customers why words like “green” and...
Key Takeaway:  Shape Security, which became a unicorn last month after raising $183 million to date, has developed an AI-powered engine that helps distinguish humans from bots...
They sound like terms from a science-fiction movie: Dark matter. Dark energy. An exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star. But there’s no need for a Universal Translator. Three scientists from the U.S. and Switzerland have...
Key Takeaway: Scientists are responding to efforts by the Trump Administration to eliminate federal advisory committees by providing research-based evidence to shape decision-making.
The scientists who pioneered rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and opened up the possibility of a carbon-free future were awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry.  “They have laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society,...
Key Takeaway: Google, Amazon and other companies announcing plans to source renewable energy appear to taking real measures to cut emissions, and moving away from the practice...
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