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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.  

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,...
Startups are increasingly on the front line as the U.S. Department of Energy nibbles at using Blockchain technology to secure the energy grid from cyber attacks. Internet security startup TFA Labs won a $199,660...
Key Takeaway: The burning of biomass, trees, plants and animal poop, was once seen as a renewable fuel and answer to the climate crisis. It’s now getting...
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...
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...
The Trump administration Thursday finalized the repeal of Obama-era clean water regulations that the president has called “oppressive,” the latest in a broad assault on environmental regulations. The Waters of the United States rule...
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...
From waste-sorting robots to a 3-D food printing appliance that cuts waste, Closed Loop Partners is backing products that aim to redefine recycling. The investment firm’s driving force is Ron Gonen, who founded the company in 2014...
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...
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...
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...
Shanghai, the world’s third-largest city, has been frantic about garbage sorting tips since July 1, when the so-called “strictest garbage regulation in the history” became law. It will soon spread to 45 other Chinese cities. 
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...
As the United Arab Emirates grapples with growing plastic pollution from its rapidly-rising population, two local companies say they can help tackle the crisis. Dubai-based Purecog says it has developed a water-soluble, biodegradable plastic...
Billionaire Bill Gates has taken a side in the polarized issue of whether to dump fossil fuel stocks to effect climate change or hang on to them. Unlike the Church of England and some of the Rockefellers,...
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...
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.
Natural gas flaring is more than just blasts of flames jetting high above the New Jersey Turnpike and gas wells around the world. The burning off of excess natural gas spews carbon into the atmosphere, and big...
Key Takeaway: Science for 1.5C Cities, a side-event held in UN’s basement last week, showcased the potential of new approach to climate change: letting cities take the...
Solar and wind energy aren’t spreading slowly because big oil is plotting against them, no matter what conspiracy theorists say. A far more mundane factor is at play -- batteries. Power is needed even...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The U.S. is the world’s biggest spender on clean energy efforts, yet only Norway and Finland are living up to a pledge to double public investments needed for a transition to cleaner energy, a survey found. 
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,...
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.”
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,...
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...
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