Could Trump be getting ready to pull a Nixon-to-China on carbon?

Climate Finance His big projects in Russia and close relationship with Vladimir Putin have dominated most of the coverage of Rex Tillerson’s selection as President-elect Trump’s secretary of state. Equally intriguing, from a more optimistic direction, is the ExxonMobil chief’s repeated validation of climate science and endorsement of a tax — yes, a tax — on carbon. The world’s fears that

Wishful Thinking: Clean Energy Revolution Trumps Climate Skepticism at Global Climate Talks

2030 Marrakech, Morocco — If Donald Trump’s election killed any chance of fighting global climate change, nobody told the advocates, officials and bankers gathered here to put last year’s Paris climate agreement into effect. To put it another way: the falling price of solar energy and other renewables may trump the rise of climate-change skeptics in the U.S.

We’re riding on the Marrakech Express

Here’s a quick lesson in the climate jargon you’re going to be hearing for the next two weeks. “Marrakech,” as in Morocco, is shorthand for “COP22,” which is one more than COP21, the climactic conference in Paris last December that hammered out a global climate deal. That makes Marrakech the first “meeting of the parties” to

Road to Marrakech: Finance Trends Point to a Tipping Point in the Low-Carbon Transition

Climate Finance Here’s a quick lesson in the climate jargon you’re going to be hearing for the next two weeks. “Marrakech,” as in Morocco, is shorthand for “COP22,” which is one more than COP21, the climactic conference in Paris last December that hammered out a global climate deal. That makes Marrakech the first “meeting of the

#Dealflow 10.20.16: Catalytic Capital for SunFunder, Ummeed, Kiva and Small Businesses in the U.S.

Catalytic capital is, well, catalyzing capital in this week’s #DealFlow. Off-grid solar in Africa. Mortgages for low-income home buyers in India. Financial services for small farmers. Incubators for small businesses in the U.S. (Just to show we know what we’re talking about, here’s a cite to Cathy Clark, Jed Emerson and Ben Thornley in Impact

Fighting Deforestation and Climate Change: REDD Financing Lessons from Brazil and Indonesia (Excerpt)

Consider the rainforests.  It is not hard to imagine how the destruction of rainforests hurts biodiversity. Second only to coral reefs, tropical rainforests are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. They also support the 70 million people who live in them. Perhaps less intuitive is the role rain forests play in climate change. Deforestation accounts

#Dealflow 9.29.16: Solar Power in Senegal, Sustainability Down Under and Soil Health for a Cool Planet

Does sustainability drive alpha? More investors seem to buy the argument that a more efficient supply chain, better governance and mitigation against growing risks such as climate change (or, more accurately, climate policy) drives better performance over time. A corollary thesis might be that companies with exposure to sectors such as sustainable agriculture and renewable