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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.  

Clean energy pundits vouch that solar power will eventually leave its dirtier counterpart -- coal -- in the dust.  But as it stands, dust is the solar industry’s biggest enemy. Urbanization,...
As the earth grows hotter, cities are trying to stay cooler -- and the solution so far has been to add more fossil-fuel burning air conditioners, and hasten global warming. This conundrum is perhaps...
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....
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...
A report in the magazine Science this month made headlines around the world: planting one trillion trees might curb climate change. Less well-publicized are the growing number of companies, startups, funds and investors betting they can pair trees with profitability. That itself...
More than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa -- nearly half the continent’s population -- live off electrical grids. Yet tackling the problem has been challenged in part by financial institutions’ maintaining a high bar for lending...
With the increasing pace of natural disasters worldwide, the time is ripe for investors to act on climate change, according to Georgie Benardete, co-founder and CEO of Align17. Align17, a marketplace connecting private wealth...
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...
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 escalating tariff war between the world’s two largest economies isn’t just hurting Chinese investment in the U.S. It may lead China to abandon its baby steps toward adopting ESG principles. Chinese direct investment...
A new report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a nonprofit that encourages companies to report how climate change might affect them, shows that 215 of the world’s largest companies, including Apple, JPMorgan and Chase, see climate...
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...
Worldwide clean energy investment is primed to rebound after falling to a six-year low, offering opportunities for social impact and green energy investors, a BloombergNEF report showed.  China, the U.S. and Europe all posted...
Two French companies will provide eight African countries with drinking water using sun-powered desalination technology, the latest in a growing trend of investments in systems that help users bypass the continent’s inadequate power system.  
The U.S.’s most energy-efficient cities are also its richest, as investments in an urban area’s health appear to make a positive impact on its wealth. Boston was the most energy-efficient U.S. city last year,...
Arnergy’s $9 million funding is the latest in a growing number of investments in Nigeria’s electricity sector, and highlights investors’ confidence that the country’s unstable power system is ripe for solar projects that are independent of the...
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.
Renewable power investing is ramping up in Texas, and not only because of increased demand for sparked by hydraulic fracking. The wind-down of coal-fired generation plants and new renewable projects catering to specific companies including Facebook and...
With the British Parliament’s approval of a net zero fossil fuel pollution goal by 2050, consumers and investors will have to rethink basic approaches to heating their homes and driving their cars as the U.K. extends its...
Sunnova Energy’s disappointing debut on the New York Stock Exchange won’t deter investors from supporting solar, as signs point to rising demand for clean, renewable energy sources. Houston-based Sunnova Energy International Inc.’s stock opened...
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.
Sierra Energy Corp. received a $33 million vote of confidence in its technology that turns trash into clean energy, reducing methane-producing landfills while keeping the lights on. Bill Gates-backed Breakthrough Energy Ventures led a...
U.K. energy company BP Plc and U.S. agricultural trader Bunge Ltd. are combining their sugar and ethanol assets in Brazil, a merger that will boost BP’s supply of more environmentally-friendly fuels as the globe seeks to cut...
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...
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...
Net metering may not be the hottest topic at the backyard barbecue, unless the party is at one of the growing number of U.S. residences with a solar panel on the roof. While mostly...
Wind energy generation surpassed coal last month in Texas for the first time, thanks in part to cooperating weather and tax breaks that offered rewards for investing in renewable power.  Wind energy was responsible...
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. 
Microsoft plans to build zero-carbon data centers in Sweden. Facebook is investing in a massive solar farm in Texas. And Google uses seawater from the Gulf of Finland to cool its Hamina servers. Technology...
From demolition debris recycling to imitation chicken, Congruent Ventures has taken a markedly different approach to investing than many of its social impact peers. Taking a no compromise approach, the San Francisco VC firm is seeking products...
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