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This week Amazon unveiled plans for a wind farm in Ireland and a solar project in the U.S., the latest steps by the technology giant in its goal of using 100% renewable power for its data centers....
KEY TAKEAWAYS Cutting down on leaks can save millions of gallons of water. Smart water sensors play a crucial role, and can also ensure that water supplies have not become tainted. Investments in this smart cities technology are crucial...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Strained macroeconomic conditions caused by subdued commodity prices have caused private investor interest in the region to cool. However, U.K., U.S., and French investors still hold most of Africa’s FDI stock, and China is still Africa’s largest...
America’s utilities are facing a choice when it comes to renewables: Jump in and profit or dig in their heels and risk becoming unprofitable.  About 64% of the 4.2 billion megawatt-hours of electricity the...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. The cold storage business is heating up after Americold Realty Trust agreed to pay $1.24 billion for privately held Chiller Holdco LLC, also known as Cloverleaf Cold Storage,...
The biggest opportunity in space travel may be in the smallest end of the market.  With its seventh successful rocket launch into low-Earth orbit last week, Rocket Lab -- which is billing itself as...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. What does it mean for a food to be labeled natural on the package labeling? That’s at the heart of a lawsuit the Animal Legal Defense Fund...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Coal assets aren’t going away, but renewable-energy infrastructure ones are seeing the welcome mat in Oslo. That’s the latest news on Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund,...
BlackRock’s fossil fuel investments cost its investors $90 billion in lost value and missed opportunities over the last decade, according to a report that gives support to social impact and sustainable-energy strategies. The world’s...
KEY TAKEAWAYS A deeper data-driven focus on consumers is transforming how the hospitality industry attracts, communicates with, and serves its customers. Investment activity in the hospitality sector was $24.81B in 2017, a 35 percent decline relative to $38.06B recorded...
Amid a growing wave of foodmakers touting plant-based products, Kencko is betting its fruit and vegetable powders will catch on with consumers looking for healthy, organic drink alternatives. First, it’ll have to overcome skepticism about the nutritional...
Amazon may be taking a huge step into India’s bustling food delivery market, seeking to improve its mixed record in deliveries. The largest online retailer is in talks to acquire Uber Eats’ operations in...
Interest in Israel’s food and agritech startups is growing, with more than $800 million invested from 2013 to 2018 and the number of companies mushrooming to more than 700. Many are developing technologies to aid sustainability and...
Seattle green energy startup LevelTen pulled in $20.5 million this week from a group of investors that for the most part ticked the usual social impact boxes. Except that big name associated with nuclear meltdown. The...
Climate change. Nuclear war. Asteroid Collision. Supervolcanoes.  For TIME Magazine’s Senior Writer, Bryan Walsh, these are among the numerous catastrophes threatening civilization. Walsh’s latest book, “End Times: A Brief Guide to...
While animal manure is piling up around the world, threatening widespread pollution, the U.S. trails Europe and other parts of the world in finding a solution. Each year, organic waste from America’s eight billion...
KEY TAKEAWAYS As part of global initiatives that major cities are making towards smart cities, they’re investing big money in upgraded lighting systems. Building on decades of technological advancement, newer forms of lighting don’t just reduce energy consumption, they...
Rocket Lab takes recycling to new heights
Turquoise International, a merchant bank focusing on energy efficiency and the environment, will manage a Low Carbon Innovation Fund 2 following their success with the first fund. LCLF 2, like the first Low Carbon...
While Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger have reignited investor appetite for meat alternatives, not everyone is going to become vegetarian or readily switch to a plant-based diet.  Vital Farms, an Austin, Texas-based producer of...
KEY TAKEAWAYS A deeper data-driven focus on consumers is transforming how the hospitality industry attracts, communicates with, and serves its customers. Investment activity in the hospitality sector was $24.81B in 2017, a 35 percent decline relative to $38.06B recorded...
Ten years ago, Ashton Braun was pricing and shipping coffee for export as a commodities trader in Southeast Asia. His experience in a supply chains rife with labor abuses, shoddy environmental practices and inefficiencies got him thinking:...
As the world’s energy giants push into wind, solar and other renewable sources, they are tasked with another kind of exploration: seeking out new sources of green technology. Carbon-exploration behemoths, like BP, are scouting...
Billionaire investor Mark Cuban, who recently softened his diehard free market views of capitalism to make room for social consciousness, is investing $1 million in a company whose software is warning Syrian citizens of impending air raids.
It’s not quite farm-raised fish sticks, but the big agricultural firm Cargill may have moved our food supply a step closer. The feed maker and commodities trader announced that the U.S. Agriculture Department deregulated...
The fight against climate change may be collateral damage in the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. If warming is going to be limited to 2 degrees Celsius or less, there will...
Slavery in its modern forms like forced labor and debt servitude persist despite efforts to stamp them out. Despite a ban by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, inadequate laws around the world fail to...
KEY TAKEAWAYS A deeper data-driven focus on consumers is transforming how the hospitality industry attracts, communicates with, and serves its customers. Investment activity in the hospitality sector was $24.81B in 2017, a 35 percent decline relative to $38.06B recorded...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Zencargo, a freight forwarding firm that uses machine learning to improve how large shipping companies and their customers manage and move cargo, has closed a Series...
Seaweed is being wrapped around more than sushi these days.  Seen as a potential alternative to plastics, seaweed-based packaging is being manufactured to wrap up instant coffee, seasonings and more. What’s more, it comes...
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