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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.  

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...
Key Takeaway: Europe's drive to deal with plastic waste recycling may be a billion-dollar boon for an emerging chemical recycling technology that turns old plastic into high-grade...
Electric vehicles may never be the environmental savior that consumers hope for. EV costs -- driven by expensive batteries -- are prevented by a number of factors from ever falling to a range where...
While the private sector is mobilizing to invest more in recycling and in updating the waste management system in the U.S., it’s clear they can’t do it alone. At least 60% of U.S. Superfund...
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,...
AMP Robotics has developed Artificial Intelligence-powered robots that can identify, sort and process waste. The company is the latest in a growing number of startups that are looking to automate, cut costs and improve efficiencies in the...
Even as startup investment in Africa continues to grow — more than $700 million in venture capital is expected to flow in this year— the continent’s energy needs remain a $450 billion challenge. Nearly...
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: 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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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: 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,...
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