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We examine how the energy sector is being sustainably transformed by new technologies with implications for climate change, electricity and commodities markets.  

Bricks and mortar may never be the same, thanks to a group of scientists who have created a type of living concrete that may help reduce greenhouse gases. The new bricks -- green-toned during...
Setting the tone for the World Economic Forum next week in Davos, world leaders are citing failure to act on climate change as the No. 1 danger facing the world, replacing weapons of mass destruction.
Hydrogen will play a bigger role in the transition to a green future -- but only with government cooperation. To make clean-burning hydrogen economically viable, governments will have to double what they charge companies...
Years after the U.K. privatized utilities, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan is moving things in another direction, in hopes of stimulating renewable energy use. Kahn launched London Power, offering city residents renewable energy that’s almost...
Would you convert to a plant-based diet to stop climate change? Have one fewer child?Sadly, while personal sacrifices are commendable, they haven’t been enough to curb global warming. “A big-picture holistic solution” regarding global transportation, industry and...
BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager, joined the Climate Action 100+ initiative after mounting criticism in recent months about its dedication to fighting climate change. The manager of $6.8 trillion in assets is...
As governments, startups and activists wrestle with Sargasso Seas of floating shopping bags, disposable water bottles and plastic packaging, a new front has opened up -- mountain ranges of unwanted, non-biodegradable clothing and textiles.
If raging wildfires in Australia and the melting of Greenland’s ice sheet aren’t enough to convince doubting governments that climate change is real, perhaps blazing heat will do. Last year was the second-hottest ever...
New energy-storage technologies may help slash greenhouse gases one day, but if someone pitches you an opportunity to invest in them, politely decline, a big backer of clean-energy is warning. The race is on...
Imagine your cell phone powering itself by absorbing the Wi-Fi signals bouncing all around us. Scientists are developing a new material, MoS2, whose unique electronic properties allow it to harvest electromagnetic radiation. Even better,...
The Green New Deal, the Democrats’ proposal to address climate change as well as economic inequality, may get a boost from a new Stanford University study that offers a roadmap on how to achieve the energy portion...
Artificial intelligence, higher-speed 5G cellular networks, and streaming services like Netflix  may be making our lives easier, but there’s a cost: skyrocketing demand for energy that will have a huge impact on the environment.As the world depends...
While President Donald Trump has criticized renewable power as unreliable and expensive, his administration has quietly approved a string of solar and wind projects. The Department of the Interior plans to approve construction of...
Key Takeaway: Several startups that launched in the last year are using technology to make it simpler than ever for individuals and businesses to track and reduce their carbon footprints. Their success...
Oregonians will soon be able to reap the benefits of solar power without installing panels on their roofs. The Oregon Community Solar Program gives customers of the state’s three investor-owned electric utilities, Portland General...
While the establishment of the U.S. Space Force stole the spotlight, the new $738 million defense spending bill signed by President Trump also ordered the military to prepare for the worsening effects of climate change.The Department of...
A long-derided idea -- find a way to affordably suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and fight climate change -- is gaining steam again thanks to a Harvard professor who thinks he’s got it figured out.
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...
A company backed by Jeff Bezos -- whose own firm Amazon is being pushed by its employees to do more to fight climate change -- is raising funds with a goal of producing energy with zero carbon...
This year’s United Nations climate talks ended with a weak statement calling for greater efforts to tackle greenhouse emissions, a result that many observers, including U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, called a disappointment. Hopes ran...
The world’s largest pension fund, Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund, is getting pushback from a recent decision to throw in its lot with the green, responsible investing crowd. But the fund’s manager insists they...
U.S. differences in efforts to combat greenhouse gasses were on display at a global climate gathering in Madrid, highlighting difficulties in reaching a global accord.  Delegates at the U.N. climate change conference are trying...
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...
Davos summit founder Klaus Schwab sees a broader purpose in companies than he did nearly 50 years ago, as he calls for, in a new manifesto, a focus on “stakeholders” and not only “shareholders.”
Carbon dioxide emissions around the world are rising less than last year, thanks to the developed world’s shift away from coal and into more renewable energy sources. But the drop isn’t steep enough, scientists...
The fires that spread across the Amazon this year are claiming another victim beyond the millions of acres they burned: Andean glaciers, which are melting at a faster pace because of particles released by the burning.
Facebook, Google, BMW and other companies are pushing for systemic change in the global electricity market, in their effort to procure all their energy from renewable sources. These companies are part of an initiative...
Colorifix, a U.K.-based biotech startup, is planning to kick off “industrial-scale trials” in December together with a handful of fashion industry giants, aiming to bring its dyes to market in 2020. Industry partners include...
BNP Paribas, criticized as one of the leading Western financiers of coal expansion, says it will cease all financing of the sector worldwide by 2040.The Paris-based bank, and the French financial sector in general, is being pressured...
Ever since Casper’s bed-in-a-box mattress model launched in 2014 with a VC-fueled growth engine, the direct-to-consumer market for something we all use nightly has exploded.  Today there are about 175 direct-to-consumer mattress brands, accounting...
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