The huge surplus means that developed economies will be able to emit more greenhouse gases than foreseen under worst-case “business-as-usual” scenarios, as well as further eroding credibility in the ability of international organizations and national governments to actually deliver on pledges to reduce carbon emissions.
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In his TEDx Presidio talk, Treasurer Jose Cisneros talks about making financial services work for thousands of poor and middle-income San Franciscans.
The future of the world’s largest and most substantial vehicle for fostering sustainable development, the UN Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, is in doubt. A high-level CDM policy panel has presented a report that includes reforms intended to assure its future.
Jean Bosco Bakunzi, a 26 year old survivor and orphan of the genocide, founded Uburanga Art Studio, named after the Kinyarwanda word for “beauty” with the mission “to heal people mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.”
As we spend time staring at our screens to follow the lives of our friends, we spend less time interacting with the people living next door, down the street, or across town – our neighbors. Most Americans do not know the people living two or three doors down the street. And none of the social networking or other online tools are making that any easier.
Social entrepreneurs bring together seemingly unlikely possibilities to create a business model that has real impact. Kabira Stokes, founder of Isidore Electronics Recycling is one such person who saw an opportunity in Los Angeles where nobody else did. She got involved with the city council while helping to develop one of the city’s gang intervention programs. She wanted to … Continued
Wind energy mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and venture capital (VC) funding nosedived in the second quarter (Q2) of 2012, though large-scale project funding turned in a strong quarter.
Last week HIP Investor celebrated the 3rd anniversary of its HIP 100 Index. Part of thegrowing Social Responsible Investing (SRI) market, this index implements HIP’s approach of quantifying the human, social, and environmental impact of each investment. In three years it generated a cumulative return of 46.80 percent (before fees), very similar to the return on the S&P100 during that period (47.56%).
Though posing challenges,taking equity stakes in wind, solar and other renewable energy projects can turn out to be ideal investments for pension funds, insurers and other long-term institutional investors. The need is certainly there, as the EU and other nations look to boost renewable energy capacity, stimulate their economies, create jobs and reduce carbon emissions.
Indeed, women-owned businesses have grown by over 54 percent since 1997 at a rate 1.5 times that of the national average, but how does that play out regionally?