How close is the permanent climate catastrophe?

2030 Climate in the near-equatorial, impoverished and low-carbon emitting tropics could permanently depart the bound of historic variability as soon as 2020. For much of the rest of the world, climate could depart historic ranges by about 2047. That’s according to a comprehensive 2013 study in the journal Nature that is worth another look. The study

And a Skoll Award goes to…Babban Gona, for boosting incomes of Nigerian farmers

And a Skoll Award goes to…Kola Masha of Babban Gona, for boosting incomes of Nigerian farmers. The six-year-old agriculture startup is the first for-profit company to receive a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, which were announced ahead of next week’s Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England. Based in Lagos, Babban Gona has helped more than

IFC’s first “Social Bond” raises $500 million for women-led companies and low-income communities

Women Rising The IFC’s first “Social Bond” has raised $500 million for women-led companies and low-income communities. The issue was the first since International Finance Corp. merged its Banking on Women and Inclusive Business bond programs, which had raised a combined $564 million since 2013. The IFC, part of the World Bank, will use the latest

Driver-owned ride-sharing startup to challenge Uber and Ola in Bangalore

Last month, strikes by Uber and Ola driver unions in Delhi demanding better job perks and accident insurance roiled India’s on-demand ride market. Bangalore-based driver unions have taken matters into their own hands and raised more than $300,000 to launch their own service, HDK Cabs, next month. Their backer: HD Kumaraswamy, former chief minister of the state

XPV Water Partners acquires Environmental Operating Solutions for wastewater decontamination

XPV Water Partners has acquired Environmental Operating Solutions for wastewater decontamination. The Toronto water investor, which manages $400 million in capital, bought all of EOSi’s business of green chemicals and services for the removal of biological contaminants in wastewater. The Cape Cod company’s carbon method, an alternative to methanol and other chemicals, is used by

Bethnal Green Ventures raises $1.6 million to accelerate UK startups

Bethnal Green Ventures has raised $1.6 million to accelerate UK startups. The London accelerator supports very early ventures tackling challenges in health, education, sustainability and democracy, as well as startups serving freelancers and low-wage workers. BGV has invested £1.4 million ($1.73 million) in more than 80 startups since 2012. As a whole, the group has raised

ExxonMobil to Trump: Don’t pull U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement

Climate Change Even as President Trump dismantled Obama-era efforts to tackle climate change, the U.S.’s largest oil company is trying to save the crown jewel of that initiative: the landmark 2015 global climate deal. The 2015 agreement is “an effective framework for addressing the risks of climate change,” an ExxonMobil executive wrote last week (paywall) in