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How Australia’s New Forests measures the sustainability of its forests

Climate Finance In its latest sustainability report, New Forests details how it is deploying technology and R&D to enhance sustainability and track productivity on the 840,000 hectares of forestland in its portfolio. For example, the company uses LiDAR technology to use “short wavelengths of light in the electromagnetic spectrum” to remotely measure the dimensions of

Apple says it will make all products from renewable or recycled resources

Climate Finance Three years ago, Apple said it planned to make its facilities 100 percent run on renewable energy. It’s 96 percent of the way there, Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of environmental and social initiatives told Vice (in a video clip) last week. Apple says it will source materials for its products from recycled and renewable

Countries have set renewable energy targets; now they must make them law

2030 Not all renewable energy targets are created equally. More than 160 countries have set renewable energy targets, up from only 43 in 2005. How those targets are structured says a lot about countries’ level of commitment. Last week, ImpactAlpha highlighted new agreements and incentives from theNigerian government to support its target of 30 percent

Earth Finance: Nine Ideas to Bridge the Gap in Conservation Finance

By Santiago Cortes and Jérôme Tagger Consider this: The $400 billion in private capital that is needed annually for large-scale conservation, according to Credit Suisse and McKinsey & Co., is eight times even the more generous current estimates of total conservation financing. Conservation practitioners and investment experts gathered last month at the New York City office

Small farmers, big impact; measuring forest sustainability; IKEA goes social, Apple goes recycled

#Featured: Open Mic Small farmers are the future of global food security. Smallholder farmers have become the most important piece of the global agricultural system. Small farmers feed close to 80 percent of the total population in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and support the livelihoods of nearly 2 billion people worldwide. Now, larger buyers of agricultural

Oil-rich Nigeria moves to boost renewables to 30 percent by 2030

2030 From Norway to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, big oil producers are becoming big backers of renewable-energy. Now, Nigeria has signed two agreements with solar developers to guarantee the payment risks for 50-megawatt and 70-megawatt solar farms. The oil and gas sector makes up 35 percent of Nigeria’s GDP and 90 percent of

Earth Day: Nine Ideas to Bridge the Gap in Conservation Finance

Consider this: The $400 billion in private capital that is needed annually for large-scale conservation, according to Credit Suisse and McKinsey & Co., is eight times even the more generous current estimates of total conservation financing. Conservation practitioners and investment experts gathered last month at the New York City office of Credit Suisse to explore