Two visions of philanthropic capitalism will lead to two visions of a sustainable fuiture

Two Visions of Capitalist Philanthropy from Two Renewable Energy Investors

Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are philanthropists who are both invested in renewable energy. While their actions may appear similar, their diverging investment philosophies reflect two different visions of capitalism. Renewable energy is a critically important part of sustainability oriented business practices and responsible investment strategies that are driving environmental and social change. Renewables are a low carbon energy source…

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Our Common Future Under Climate Change

Our Common Future Under Climate Change: The Challenge and Opportunity

Living in a post-carbon world – The largest international scientific meeting on climate change concluded this week in Paris, reinforcing the idea that 2015 is a crossroads for action on global warming. The international conference Our Common Future Under Climate Change (CFCC15) included 2000 scientists from nearly 100 countries discussing a large breadth of interests and disciplines. A total of 165 session over…

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A kinetic energy tile from Pavegen

EarthTalk: The Potential of Kinetic Energy

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard about a cafe in the Netherlands that harvests so-called “kinetic” energy from its revolving door to power its interior lights. Is there potential for “kinetic” energy to provide significant amounts of electricity to help replace fossil fuels?…

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Global Wind Day 2015

Global Wind Day 2015

Global Wind Day: The Future is Now – Imagine you could go back in time. Not too far, just to the early 199os. Ask someone from that backward time about cell phones, mobile and wireless technology, how much RAM they needed in their computer (if they even had one), running an “online” business. The list go on. They’d probably think…

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The Triple Bottom Line

The Growth of Environmentally and Socially Responsible Investing

Investors have a critical role to play in advancing the green economy and combating climate change.  Responding to the challenge of the social and environmental challenges we face affords investment opportunities in many different forms and across all asset classes. A socially responsible investment (SRI) also known as sustainable, green or ethical investing, is premised on an investment strategy that…

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gas pump CFR

Council on Foreign Relations Addresses Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform

Energy politics is the main obstacle preventing governments from phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, according to a recent Council on Foreign Relations workshop. Fossil fuel subsidies are exacting a high toll on societies worldwide, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, hindering sustainable development and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Solar and wind comprise 100 percent of new electrical generation for April 2015

Wind and Solar Supply 100 Percent of New Generating Capacity in April

According to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update, released from the Federal Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, April unambiguously confirms the ongoing trend of renewable energy’s dominance in new supply of electrical generation in the United States. Wind and solar accounts for 100 percent of new generating capacity placed online in April. Jumbo Road Wind, formally known as Hereford-2 Wind…

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