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Guatemala’s Quetsol Campaigns to Change the Way Solar is Distributed

A small Guatemalan renewable energy company wants to change the way solar is sold to low-income rural families, saying that the popular and historically efficient microloan system is too slow in some areas of Central America. To show how committed it is to this idea, the company has created a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that is gaining steam.

Many Kickstarter projects, like this one are wildly successful in their concept. But what about those funded projects that don't make it to prototype?

When Kickstarter Investors Have Buyers Remorse

What do investors do when a Kickstarter project they’ve been rooting for (and invested good, hard money in to see succeed) doesn’t make it past the prototype stage? And whose responsibility is it to safeguard against that, anyhow? The answer may be in the investor’s research.

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SEC Allows Shareholders to Challenge Banks’ Climate Policies

Earlier this month the SEC allowed a climate change proposal to remain on PNC’s proxy ballots. This decision reversed an earlier approach the SEC had, where it allowed financial services and insurance companies to exclude similar climate change resolutions from their shareholder because they concerned what the SEC called “ordinary business.”

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Ambre Energy’s PNW Coal Export Plans Face Financial Problems

Australia’s Ambre Energy has big plans to open two coal train export terminals in Washington and Oregon, but a number of financial woes for the company, including money-losing coal mines, large write-offs for failed overseas ventures, major liabilities for mine cleanup and pensions, troubled assets, high borrowing costs, and a need for $1 billion in new capital to make its coal projects financially viable, might cause it to grind to a halt.

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Wind Energy Assessment Technology Lowers Development Costs

Developing industrial-scale wind farms requires significant upfront capital to assess the wind resource of a given site. A new meteorological tower on the market is lowering the barriers of entry for industrial-scale wind developers, as it gathers high-quality data for a lower upfront investment.

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Sharing is the Rational Economic Choice

The barriers to a sustainable future are many and complex, and no single entity has all the answers. In a sharing society, organisations and individuals alike can pool the vast wealth of collective know-how, ideas and experiences and put them to excellent use.

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Smart Highway to be Installed in Netherlands in 2013

What happens when one of the Netherlands’ foremost artists joins forces with a renowned engineering firm? The world’s first interactive smart highway, which is due to preview later this year in the Netherlands. Check out this amazing video of their work.

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European Ride-Sharing Services Struggle to Hitch Up With Public Transportation

European ride-sharing services have expanded much more rapidly than in the United States. Markus Barnikel says “multi-modal” transport, or linking carpools with buses, trains, and plane trips, is the future of transportation. But, linking carpools with timetable-based public transport will be problematic. Has carpooling technology been pushed as far as it can go?

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Impact Investing for the New Economy: People

With seemingly countless examples of communities catalyzing clean energy solutions for themselves, the time is ripe to promote divestment from fossil fuels and investment into marginalized communities – supporting their transition to a new economy that fosters economic prosperity alongside environmental sustainability and positive social impact.