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USDA: Investments in Agriculture and Forestry Yield Climate Solutions

Farmland may be even more important than factories when it comes to finding solutions to climate change. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, with public and private partners, last week announced actions to help the agriculture sector mitigate its carbon emissions and adapt to the long-term effects of climate change. The expected impact: a reduction of

Tending the Ocean, Not Just the Seafood: Valuing Ecosystem Services in New Zealand

The Māori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud, also known as New Zealand. The Māori also are the owners of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd., one of the country’s largest seafood companies and a major supplier of  pāua, or abalone. That makes Aotearoa Fisheries an excellent candidate for a new

Equilibrium Capital: The Case for Owning and Operating Sustainable Real Assets

Equilibrium Capital isn’t just an investor in sustainable real assets. It’s an operator as well, growing blueberries and citrus, operating agricultural bio-digesters and generating energy efficiency. Dave Chen, Equilibrium’s CEO, has built a $1 billion asset management platform that combines on-the-ground experience with the financial discipline required by institutional investors. A former venture capitalist and tech executive,

Wind + Solar = 53% of New US Electricity

Solar and wind made up more than half of all new US electricity capacity in 2014. Adding other renewable sources (such as hydro, geothermal, waste heat, and biomass), nearly 56 percent of new energy came from renewables last year, according to new estimates from CleanTechnica. Natural gas was the single largest source of new electricity,

‘Nature Conservation Notes’ Bring Individual Investors into Climate Fund

Investing in conservation has long been the province of development-finance institutions and philanthropic foundations. Now, wealthy individuals are starting to invest as well, opening a potentially huge new source of private capital for ecosystem preservation. Dozens of individual investors committed a total of 15 million euros, or about $17.5 million, to purchase “Nature Conservation Notes”

‘Conservation Bonds’ Take Green Financing to the Next Level

ZURICH — Only around $50 billion is spent each year on the protection of nature around the globe. The lion’s share – around 80 percent, or $40 billion – comes from government budgets and philanthropy. Even if public and philanthropic investment levels were to more than double to $100 million per year, the level of

Show Me the Deals: Impact Investors Look for Opportunities in Conservation Finance

Private equity fund managers are sitting on more than $1.5 billion in private capital that already has been raised for investments in sustainable agriculture and forestry, water quality, wildlife habitat and other conservation projects. They expect to raise more than $4 billion more in the next five years. In conservation finance, at least for the