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Prince Harry, whose commitment to environmental protection was questioned after a few too many private jet trips, has started a company to help consumers make more eco-friendly travel decisions. Travalyst is the first initiative...
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...
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...
As one of the world’s most densely populated countries, Japan takes flying cars seriously. And having missed taking the lead on electric cars and ride-hailing services, the government is urging Japanese companies to pioneer electrical flying cars. 
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...
Just as electric vehicles go mainstream, the man known as the father of China’s electric car movement, Wan Gang, says that hydrogen-fueled car vehicles are the future of mobility. “We need to move further...
Ethan Brown, the founder and CEO of Beyond Meat, does not seem fazed by intensifying competition in the plant-based industry, from either food tech startups or industry giants like Tyson Foods Inc. “Our biggest...
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...
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...
Portugal’s latest solar auction was one for the record books, resulting in the world’s lowest cost photovoltaic power contract. Akuo Energy, a French renewable independent power producer and developer was responsible for the record-low...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Blackstone Group is spearheading an investment upswing in Chinese commercial real estate. The New York-based private equity giant has executed two major deals this year and reportedly...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. It’s a common dilemma. A homeowner wants to buy a new place while selling the old one at the same time. Easier said than done. Cue the...
With intensified investor and media criticism ahead of  the IPO of We Company, one of the world’s biggest remote office startups, the coworking model is facing the toughest scrutiny to date. Can We Company...
In a report with a section titled The Death Toll for Petrol, BNP Paribas issued a clear call for a pivot to solar and wind for investors considering the best energy sources for powering vehicles.
Many teachers around the country struggle to purchase a home. In wealthy districts where educators face expensive real estate options, the problems magnify.  In 50 of the country’s largest districts, it would take at...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. GrubMarket, a San-Francisco based farm-to-table food delivery service for businesses and consumers, has raised a $25 million Series C1 round to invest in technology and acquisitions...
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...
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...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. For years, the US restaurant industry - like most consumer sectors - has struggled to keep pace with changing fashions in dietary...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to, for their impact on industry. Rimac Automobili, the Croatia-based electric car company, scored almost $90 million in funding from Hyundai Motors and Kia Motor, signalling that big auto players like Korean...
Strategic Investors: Profiles of investors with strategies to consider. Wooden pallets have been around almost as long as global trade. Pallets - also known as ‘skids,’ date back at least to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and in spite of improvements...
The timber industry, long associated with a range of environmental problems from removing oxygen-producing trees to ruining habitats, probably doesn’t rank high on many impact investors’ lists of favorite industries. A recent study from North Carolina won’t...
Key Takeaway: Revel’s stability-first business model may interest investors looking for moderate gains in the growing micro-mobility sector. 
Is it possible to change how the most ubiquitous building material on earth is made -- one so dirty that it accounts for nearly a tenth of greenhouse gases, yet so cheap to produce that it costs...
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...
John Thornton remembers his passion for space being ignited when, in his early teens, the robotic spacecraft Pathfinder landed on Mars with a roving probe. “My ‘Apollo moment’ was seeing the Pathfinder mission” the 35-year-old Thornton...
That empty plastic bottle you threw in the recycling bin used to be in for a trip to another hemisphere. That changed in 2017, when China stopped accepting U.S. waste, disrupting the way the global recycling market...
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...
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...
Blackstone Group doubled down this weekend on its commitment to the logistics space, placing a $18.7 billion bet on what on the surface may be the dullest corner of the real estate market -- logistics.
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