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UBS recruits James Gifford as impact investing strategist

The big Swiss bank has brought on the founding executive director of United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Investing and former head of impact at TAU Investments as its senior impact investing strategist. UBS says more than one-third of its assets, or nearly $1 trillion, are in sustainable or impact investments. Gifford will work with ultra-high

630 business leaders to Trump: Accelerate the low-carbon economy

Climate Finance Continue low-carbon policies, make investments in the low-carbon economy and don’t disrupt the Paris Climate agreement. Leaders of companies representing $1.15 trillion in revenues outlined their demands for the incoming administration this morning. “We want the U.S. economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy,” wrote the heads of companies including

Everyday Africa: Finding the Human Story

Bill Gates published his first blog of the new year yesterday: Five Reasons I’m Hopeful about Africa. Much of it was typical Gates. Global in scope. Optimistic. Science (hybrid cassava seeds) and technology (solar kits) based. But the first reason Gates shares for being hopeful about Africa is an Instagram account: Everyday Africa. Its photos are

Technology will make agriculture better…and more sustainable

Moisture sensors, drones, smart irrigation, terrain contour mapping, self-driving and GPS-enabled tractors. Tech innovations can help farmers feed 9.7 billion by 2050. Investors plowed $1.75 billion into agtech companies in the first half of 2016 to help farms use less water, fewer pesticides and fertilizers and more sunlight. Photo credit: Bestdroneforthejob.com.

Battle for the Arctic: Yesterday’s Energy War?

Climate Finance The White House announcement on Tuesday (alongside parallel Canadian actions) of a permanent ban on oil and gas drilling in 115 million acres of Arctic waters will be among President Obama’s most noteworthy moves to protect the planet from climate change. It will likely be challenged by President-elect Trump, who has promised to

Battle for the Arctic: Yesterday’s Energy War?

The White House announcement on Tuesday (alongside parallel Canadian actions) of a permanent ban on oil and gas drilling in 115 million acres of Arctic waters will be among President Obama’s most noteworthy moves to protect the planet from climate change. It will likely be challenged by President-elect Trump, who has promised to lift federal bans

This venture capitalist is happy to accept below market returns

To tradeoff or not to tradeoff: that is not the question, according to Omidyar Network, the impact investing firm of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam. Rather, investors who accept below-market returns should demand to know how that concession is helping to catalyze new markets that can drive positive social change. In the winter issue