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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,...
While 15-year-old Joshua Gao sees a future in his sound waves-based fire extinguishing company, many steps lie ahead before its ready for the market. Gao founded SAFE (Sound: The Alternative Fire Extinguisher) in 2018...
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.
The European Union says it wants to ensure safe and affordable nourishment for all its citizens, but a pair of food policy experts say a plan to do that may have unintended, and unhealthy, consequences.
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. With the announcement on April 8 that it would acquire a large stake in Spanish oil company Cepsa, private equity giant Carlyle Group added to its...
The Trump administration’s delay of a permit for what would be the first large U.S. offshore wind farm puts the country farther behind nations moving quickly to exploit that renewable energy source. Vineyard Wind...
Jet engines, increasingly criticized for contributing to greenhouse gases, may turn to an unexpected technology to help them cut emissions: nuclear power. Not to actually power the engines, though. According to Rolls-Royce Holdings CEO...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. A few years after Chinese startups turned dockless bike-sharing into a tour de force, Hellobike is seeking up to $1 billion in additional funding to pedal...
Slowly but surely, the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is becoming more economic. Since 2010, the battery cost per kilowatt hour has collapsed from $1000 to to just over $200, suggesting that soon EVs could reach price...
Strategic Investors: Profiles of investors with strategies to consider. Greenprint Partners, a Chicago-based B Corp founded by female entrepreneurs, believes that existing water-drainage infrastructure can be transformed into engines of sustainability that also reduce pollution and flooding. Nicole Chavas, CEO and...
Amazon’s fires may be calming down, but the battle for the future of the world’s biggest tropical rainforest is far from over. The Amazon is one of the planet’s most important natural defenses against...
For investors, companies and governments seeking to assess water risk exposure, there are more solutions than ever to dig deep for water data and evaluate their supply chains. There is certainly urgent need for...
What has long been considered a luxury item in the West -- especially in the U.S. -- may finally be going mainstream, with implications for both the environment and sanitation around the world. Bidets,...
A handful of European philanthropies have banded together to create the Clean Air Fund to support projects combatting air pollution, and to cut global deaths and health problems stemming from dirty air. Announced at...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Drones are democratizing access to airspace and enabling new participants in aviation. Being unmanned, however, such aircraft also give rise to privacy,...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. Flying cars and dog-walking robots were all part of a futuristic world of “smart cities” envisioned as early as the 1960s, when they were mainstays in...
Ford unveiled its first purpose-built EV, the Mustang Mach-E, with stylings influenced by its pony-car series and power that takes the vehicle from zero to 60 mph in about three seconds. Prices start at $43,895 with deliveries...
While Goldman Sachs and others in private enterprise pour billions into solar projects, a patchwork quilt of state incentives and tax breaks across the U.S. still hold tremendous sway over investment in solar energy and installations of...
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...
Existing electricity infrastructure, which is not sufficient to meet the growing demand from the industry’s aging equipment scattered in remote locations, and strong drilling activity in the Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico are creating...
LO3 is seeking nothing less than to transform energy production and distribution with its blockchain-based software, and has heavy-hitting backers willing to support their quest. Blockchain has become a potential game-changer in the energy...
Hundreds of thousands of wind turbines spin out electrical power in the U.S. and around the world, and as demand for wind power rises, the need for turbines -- some with blades hundreds of feet long made...
Think outside the bowl. That's the message from the new breed of upscale bug-protein pet food brands. The trailblazers tapping the $50 billion canine nutrition market say that “ento” insect snacks have a smaller...
The world needs to cut greenhouse gas emissions nearly 8% a year over the next 10 years to avert temperatures rising to levels that would unleash worsening heatwaves and storms, the U.N. said in its yearly greenhouse...
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....
The “too much of a good thing” rule may be proving true in California’s electricity market as the state faces looming power shortfalls beginning next year after aggressive moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions also curbed power...
Waymo pulled ahead in the robotaxi field with California allowing it to ferry passengers in its robot-controlled taxis. Still, the Alphabet unit has enough regulatory and safety hurdles to leap to push broad uptake of its autonomous...
New York agreed to the biggest-ever offshore wind power deal in U.S. history, a pact stemming from rising interest among Northeastern states, increasing government support, falling costs and investors placing more money behind bets on wind. 
Investors eager to put their money into clean air technologies may get a boost from a software tool that is aiming to help philanthropists, private companies and state agencies to measure environmental impact of early-stage firms.
Strategic Investors: Profiles of investors with strategies to consider. Whether you think climate change is real or not, global insurers, investment funds, many corporations and most governments believe in it. While global policy consensus remains elusive, from a long-term investment...
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