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Opening Carbon Markets to New Participants

The evolution of carbon markets, particularly for forestry, may open carbon markets to a whole new set of participants. This market evolution will potentially result in new opportunities where carbon revenue can help advance conservation and stewardship objectives, particularly for landowners. Increased landowner participation is one of several critical variables determining the future size and strength of the forest offset market.

Coming Soon: The End of Coal

Thanks to a concerted campaign by environmentalists and huge progress in renewables, coal is (finally) on the way out.

SunEdison Bets On Emerging-Market Renewables

Over the past several months, SunEdison has acquired a portfolio of 757 megawatts of renewable-energy assets (wind, solar and hydro) through nine transactions in seven emerging markets. And SunEdison has made a believer out of big-money investors, having attracted a $175 million equity stake from the private equity firm the Blackstone Group and two others.

Why Policy Change is the Only Way to Open Impact Investing Floodgates

Bain Capital and Blackrock have created dedicated impact practices. High net-worth individuals and family offices are gathering to share deals, ideas and experiences. Foundations are sharing best practices. And yet, the amount of dollars invested in real projects and actual businesses is still a minuscule percentage of all invested capital. What’s holding us back?

Funding Latin American Watershed Replenishment

Three sustainability leaders — Carlos Hurtado of FEMSA Foundation, Hugo Contreras of the Nature Conservancy, and Tod Christenson of Antea Group — share their insights on how a watershed restoration project’s funds are being put to good use.

‘Jobbaticals’ Catching On with Young, Mobile Workers

Tapping into the freelancing trend, Jobbatical matches job-seekers and employers looking to hire for six months to one year. Eight months into a live beta version, some 7,000-plus job seekers and more than 600 companies, primarily Internet and tech startups, are using the service.

Sustainability Reporting: From Routine to Strategic

The last 20 years has seen a massive explosion in the number of non-financial reports being produced. But who actually reads them? What difference do they really make? This article will show you how to take the reporting process from routine to strategic, exploring why and how some companies are moving away from the status quo of tried-and-tested, technical reports to using reporting as a strategic means of connecting with audiences.

Report Confirms: 2015 Is (Yet Another) Big Year for Solar

New solar energy installations will grow faster this year than previously expected, according to Mercom Capital, which will make 2015 another strong year for the global solar market. Releasing an update to its 2015 solar market report, Mercom predicts new installations will reach 57.4 gigawatts worldwide in 2015.

Merrill Lynch Says Money is the Root of All Good, Creates Sustainable Impact Portfolios

Merrill Lynch just added sustainable impact portfolios, making it easier for the average investor to use their 401(k) to make a positive impact. Financial advisors will receive reports that compare the impact investing portfolios with traditional we-don’t-care-if-we-kill-the-world portfolios and can advise clients on both.

What Can We Learn From the Puerto Rican Debt Crisis?

Puerto Rico’s debt is now well above $70 billion, which is roughly 70 percent of the island’s GDP. That is not an insignificant amount of debt. Put yourself in the shoes of the Puerto Rican government. How would you pay that off?