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Mining Giant Rio Tinto Sheds Coal for Good

Mining giant Rio Tinto is moving fast to sell off its last remaining coal operations. The company has put its Australian operations on the market, and once those assets are sold, the $33 billion mining juggernaut will no longer include coal within its global business operations.

The YIMBY Movement Could Help Make Cities Affordable Again

Renters in many cities, such as in San Francisco, where the average rent is approaching $5 per square foot, have had enough of sky-high housing prices. And therein arises the YIMBY (yes in my backyard) movement, which seeks streamlined housing policies so that cities can become more affordable.

Solar Industry on Edge as U.S. Trade Commission Recommends Tariffs

Cheap solar panels from overseas have fueled the recent boom in solar installations, but U.S. solar panel manufacturers have struggled to compete. Tariffs will reward one part of the industry while hurting the other. And the decision now lies on U.S. president Trump’s desk.

New Plant-Based Milk Ups the Ante for Declining Dairy Industry Profits

Move over, Bessie. A new vegan milk made from pea protein is the latest product to nudge its way into revenues that once were reserved for the dairy industry. Ripple Foods aims to make big waves and likely will. Its two experienced founders have discovered a way to make a milk that has the same amount of protein as dairy milk, but none of the carbon emissions associated with the dairy industry.

Fairphone Takes the Prize in Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics

What’s in YOUR electronics? Greenpeace wants you to know which companies are really keeping up with their green technology promises. Just out in time for Christmas and Hanukkah, the Guide to Greener Electronics serves up the latest assessments of tech companies that have promised a greener path to addressing climate change.

Visa Invests $20 Million in Microloan Program for Women Entrepreneurs

Visa announced the launch of its new foundation this week and with it, a contribution of $20 million to World Women’s Banking. Its aim is to develop new products and services for women entrepreneurs in underserved communities. But not everyone feels microloans with large repayment percentages by for-profit companies are helping struggling business owners. Can Visa break that cycle?

SEC Sues Mining Giant Rio Tinto for Fraud

This week, the SEC accused the international mining company Rio Tinto, and two of its former executives, of fraud in a federal court in New York City.

It’s Time to Invest in Negative Carbon

A real assets investment company, a cattle ranch, and a community-development bank all share the dream of turning western forests into carbon sinks and riding the whole thing to the bank.

Catalytic Converter Demand Pushes Price of Palladium Over $1,000 an Ounce

The demand for palladium, which sent prices surging over $1,000 an ounce, is being driven by the automotive industry, which covets palladium for its effectiveness in catalytic converters – the exhaust emission control devices in cars that turn toxic gases into less harmful pollutants.

Food Waste: A New Investment Frontier

One of the major actions needed to reduce in food waste is to collectively galvanize hundreds of millions of dollars of new catalytic funding.

Moving Beyond VC: New Investment Structures for Impact

The SOCAP panel “Looking Beyond Venture Capital: Understanding the Need for Alternative Deal Structures,” explored other types of capital that could be more appropriate for social enterprises beyond VC or straight debt.