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Will Californians say ‘Yes’ to greenhouse gas reductions — and higher-density housing?

2030 California has targeted a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse emissions below 1990 levels by 2030. To reach the goal, Californians need to drive less and walk, bike or ride mass transit, more. The largest portion of California’s greenhouse gas emissions comes from cars and trucks. The key to reducing driving is increasing the density of

Mariner Investment and Crédit Agricole securitization could drive $2 billion in green investment

Climate Finance Impact investing has been adapting tools of mainstream finance to drive capital toward social impact. Now comes a $3 billion securitization, billed as perhaps the first “socially responsible synthetic risk transfer.” Crédit Agricole’s Corporate and Investment Bank issued $3 billion in notes to U.S.-based hedge fund Mariner Investment, backed by a portfolio of real

Will electric taxis make China’s air cleaner — or dirtier?

Climate Finance Beijing is moving to phase out gas-powered taxis as part of an effort to tackle its crippling smog levels. Smog in the city is on the decline but it still worst among Chinese cities. To help clear the air, 70,000 gas taxis in the city will be replaced with electric vehicles as part of a

Will electric taxis make China’s air cleaner – or dirtier?

Beijing is moving to phase out gas-powered taxis as part of an effort to tackle its crippling smog levels. Smog in the city is on the decline but it still worst among Chinese cities. To help clear the air, 70,000 gas taxis in the city will be replaced with electric vehicles as part of a

India is shooting for the moon with its long-term energy goals

2030 India is shooting for the moon with its long-term energy goals. Literally. As India gears up for its first space vehicle moon landing, professor Sivathanu Pillai with the Indian Space Research Organisation said the moon could supply enough energy to power all of India by 2030. How? Through helium-rich lunar dust. India’s Chandarayaan-2 moon mission,

Norway’s Storebrand dumps shares in oil companies with stakes in Dakota access pipeline

Storebrand, a private pension and insurance fund with $68 billion in assets, is the third Norwegian investor to divest from DAPL-linked companies, following last year’s divestments from the Norwegian bank, DNB, and the Norwegian mutual fund Odin Fund Management. Storebrand sold off $34.8 million worth of shares in Phillips 66, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, and Enbridge,

Developing World Markets invests in 11 enterprises to fight energy poverty

Climate Finance Developing World Markets has invested in 11 enterprises to fight energy poverty. The impact investing fund is backing 11 ventures through its $61 million Off-Grid, Renewable and Climate Action Impact, or ORCA note. Developing World Markets de-risked the four-year, 5.85 percent note by pre-approving the loans before approaching investors. The enterprises include off-grid energy companies