The Obama administration is to blame for billions of dollars in losses, says TransCanada, which is taking the government to court over its decision to block the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The two suits, which some Canadian experts say have a strong footing, don’t appear to address the question at heart, which is whether governments have the responsibility (and the right) to act on new scientific data and protect their environment and constituents from climate change.
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The Climate Trust’s annual predictions about the events, policies and ideas that will matter in 2016, across the carbon market. The trends, which range from climate change playing a larger role in federal decision-making to increased carbon market linkage and momentum in conservation finance, were identified based on interactions with market experts.
TriplePundit spoke with Vikram Aggarwal, founder and CEO of EnergySage, the so-called “Expedia of solar,” about solar energy trends and what to expect for 2016 in the residential market.
Wayne Gretzky once said: “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” The same holds true in business.
The question led me to reflect on the many different arguments companies make against investing in corporate social responsibility (CSR). Although the arguments vary based on the individual company and its leadership, some broad themes resonated in my response.
Several of the most popular mutual funds designed to appeal to eco-conscious investors include holdings in major oil and gas companies, according to data from Reuters.
Tesla’s Elon Musk and an impressive list of other tech leaders are calling for the California Air Resources Board to get creative. They want CARB to implement a new approach to the diesel cheating scandal by requiring Volkswagen to step up to the plate and come up with a zero-emissions vehicle. Forget the idea of penalizing the company with heavy fines and recalls that will go nowhere, say the experts. That’s so 20th century and ineffective.
Daniel Lurie, founder and CEO of Tipping Point Community, provides his perspective on Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s announcement to contribute 99 percent of their Facebook shares to better our community and world. The backlash against the announcement has been interesting to watch, but several elements show that Chan and Zuckerberg are headed in the right direction.
In the aftermath of COP21, private-sector action is key to reaching emissions reduction goals. The marketplace needs to feel confident that the technologies that help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, whether they are renewable energy or clean technology, are worthy of investment. Proven technologies such as solar and wind are fast emerging as attractive investment asset classes that provide investors with low technology risk and stable, higher returns over a period of 20 years or more. Now is the time for these technologies to take center stage in the financing world.
Abaris is a new finance-tech startup that’s increasing transparency and choice within the annuities market, and helping those approaching retirement to avoid outliving their savings.
Reverse innovation is innovation that is first seen in emerging economies, before it is spread to the industrialized world. This post looks into the progress being made in the interconnection between reverse innovation and sustainable development.
“What makes this Paris set of discussions different than any before is that the financial leadership and corporate leadership are here in strength, saying we need to act on climate,” Ceres CEO Mindy Lubber said at COP21 on Thursday.