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PulpWorks: Molding a Better World with PW-Packs

Each year 130 million pounds of CO2e are generated as a result of PVC production for packaging. Through the elimination of plastic packaging, PulpWorks’ immediate goal is to prevent more than half a million pounds of CO2e from entering the atmosphere with their environmentally friendly PW-Pack.

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Climate Change Inaction Costs Taxpayers Billions

There is a lingering perception that investing in technologies, initiatives and processeses aimed at countering climate change is just another drain on already troubled U.S. taxpayers. But what about the cost of inaction?

According to a new report by Ceres, extreme weather events cost the United States $100 billion in 2012, most of which went towards federal crop, flood, wildfire and disaster relief. While naysayers continue to claim weather events like Hurricane Sandy and climate change are unrelated, scientists agree that climate change exacerbates extreme weather events. The intensity and frequency of these events will only increase as the planet warms up.

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Wine Shortages Coming? Look to Canada

Now would be a good time to pick up that special bottle of French Bordeaux wine that you had on your list – and a couple of extra for the wine cellar. Morgan Stanley Research has just released a report that projects a global shortage in wine production.

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Impact Investing Goes Mainstream in Ontario, Canada

Social Venture Connexion (SVX) launches at the Toronto Stock Exchange, North America’s first impact investing platform of its kind. This post is about impact investing, where the opportunities are and the strategy behind the development of the SVX platform.

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The IPCC Summary Report on Climate Change: What It Means for Impact Investing

The long-awaited IPCC Summary Report on Climate Change emerged amid a flurry of media coverage and a volley of commentary, both pro and cont. Its main conclusions were clear, however: climate change is real, its effects are already measurable, and it is being caused by human activity. What does the report means for impact investing?

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Barnes & Noble Partners With One Laptop Per Child

Nook Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc., and One Laptop per Child (OLPC) announced this week that a Nook App for Kids will be pre-installed on OLPC’s XO Tablet.

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Helping Bottom of Pyramid Workers Find Jobs in Africa

Did you know that the unemployment rate is 12% in Ghana and 40% in Kenya? At DEMO 2013 last week, I caught up with Maxwell Donkor who is working to solve this problem. Donkor is the founder of mPawa, who matches bottom of pyramid workers with employers.

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Giving X-ray Vision to Everyday Heroes

Bounce Imaging sells a throw-able, 360 degree imaging and sensor ball for first responders. Now police officers, fire responders and industrial operators can see inside a burning or gas-filled room before sending people in.

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20 Inspiring Quotes from SXSWeco 2013

SXSWeco 2013 had business leaders, nonprofit leaders and some people who were both. Benefit corporations, municipalities, the media, disruptors and even a celebrity or two. Here are 20 inspiring quotes.

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Fixing Capitalism by Fixing Capital

Imagine what impact we might see if capital currently being swallowed up by sponsorships for short-term PR was redeployed to solving challenges in Africa.

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Asian Energy Expansion Means We’re Probably Too Late to Avert Climate Change Disruption

Home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies and populations, an energy forecast for Southeast Asia bode ill for efforts to curtail fossil fuel emissions. Coal-fired power generation is projected to account from nearly 60% of new power generation among ASEAN countries while dependence on imported oil will double as the regional economy triples and population grows 25% to 2035, according to an IEA rep.