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Tallying the 2030 costs — in dollars and lives — of Trump’s retreat from clean power

2030 The president’s executive order last week directing the reversal of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, may well cost the U.S. more clean-energy employment than any coal-mining jobs it restores. But even more worrisome may be the lives lost from the continued burning of coal. The Clean Power Plan, a set of rules that would

Former World Bank officials launch BlueOrange for SDG investing in Latin America

An influential group of former public finance whizzes is going private, with a new mezzanine debt fund that will piggyback on development bank deals. BlueOrange Capital aims to bring $10 in private capital for every $1 in public investment, starting with Latin America and the Caribbean. The fund was launched quietly this weekend in Asunción, Paraguay

Tallying the 2030 costs – in dollars and lives – of Trump’s retreat from clean power

The president’s executive order last week directing the reversal of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, may well cost the U.S. more clean-energy employment than any coal-mining jobs it restores. But even more worrisome may be the lives lost from the continued burning of coal. The Clean Power Plan, a set of rules that would

SJF Ventures leads $12 million financing for Voxy’s English-learning platform

SJF Ventures has led a $12 million financing round for Voxy’s English-learning platform. Voxy delivers English learning services for educational institutions, corporations and governments in North and South America, Europe and Asia on a mobile platform that includes online learning, live conversations and targeted self-study. The company is based in New York and São Paolo

Accion Venture Lab backs Lidya to bridge capital gap for small businesses in Nigeria

Accion Venture Lab has backed Lidya to bridge the capital gap for small businesses in Nigeria. The International Finance Corp. estimates a $2 trillion global gap in small business financing in emerging markets, where small businesses contribute one-third of GDP. With technology and new sources of data, fintech startups like Lidya can “help entrepreneurs obtain the necessary

Chinese-backed developer invests in Australian startup to improve student work experience

Women Rising Getting that first job can be tough. Aqualand Capital backed 1Scope, an education startup in Australia to improve the school-to-work pipeline. The A$1 million (US$760,000) investment will help 1Scope launch in August to help students search, apply and evaluate work opportunities and help organizations manage their work experience programs. “Today’s students are clever and

Bipartisan legislation to bring private investment to America’s “emerging markets”

More than three-quarters of all venture capital investment went to California, New York and Massachusetts last year. A new bipartisan bill, the “Investing in Opportunity Act,” aims to spread the wealth by tapping the $2 trillion in unrealized capital gains in stocks and mutual funds. The bill would set up “Opportunity Funds” in underserved “Opportunity Zones.” Investors