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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.  

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...
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...
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...
Key Takeaway: Amazon Employees for Climate Justice will strike today at the company’s Seattle headquarters to demonstrate for a zero-emissions plan and demand their company cut ties with oil and gas...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. Dandelion Energy, Inc., a spin out from Alphabet’s secretive research facility X, has only been around for a couple of years. But the New York city-based...
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...
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...
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...
Despite a small dip in projects in the most recent quarter, U.S. solar investors have reason for optimism. The pipeline of utility-scale solar projects hit a record 37.9 gigawatts, according to the latest U.S....
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...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Fuel systems manufacturer Stanadyne announced on April 9 that it has acquired Pure Power, a maker of diesel fuel injectors and turbochargers for an undisclosed amount. Stanadyne is a...
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...
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...
Lithium stockpiles are growing and prices are tumbling, as new Australian mines open while Chinese electric car sales stall.  Prices have tumbled more than 40% over the past year to $9.25 a kilogram of...
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...
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...
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...
As one of the world’s driest places, Dubai may not seem like an obvious choice for water-generated electricity.  But the United Arab Emirates state sits in the middle of a region that has become...
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: Scientists are responding to efforts by the Trump Administration to eliminate federal advisory committees by providing research-based evidence to shape decision-making.
The Trump administration is moving to abolish rules enacted under former President Barack Obama on emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas linked to climate change, in what amounts to the latest assault by the White House...
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...
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...
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...
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...
When President Trump signed a measure in April to address a 19-year decline in the flow of the Colorado River, it was another sign that the management of one of Earth’s most precious resources is becoming more...
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...
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...
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...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Coal assets aren’t going away, but renewable-energy infrastructure ones are seeing the welcome mat in Oslo. That’s the latest news on Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund,...
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