Green Slums: Adapting to Climate Change with Secure Land Tenure

Climate change is already hitting Mukuru, one of Nairobi’s largest slums. Built on waste lands along the Ngong River, muddy roads regularly flood with garbage. When the river bursts its banks, kids can’t get to school, sometimes for months. Climate experts predict more flooding in the decades ahead. Activists and researchers have a novel strategy

Cities get ready for self-driving vehicles

Climate Finance Autonomous cars will arrive before the policies that govern their use. Some cities aren’t waiting. Helsinki, London, São Paulo, Tel Aviv and Washington DC will join Austin, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Paris, and Nashville in a Bloomberg Philanthropies/Aspen Institute initiative to develop “people first” principles and tools that accelerate cities’ preparedness for autonomous

“Eco-right” gears up to fight Trump on climate change

Climate Finance Last month, we riffed on the Nixon-to-China possibility that Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, could lead Trump to support a tax on carbon. Now comes The Atlantic with a related scenario that spotlights a growing group of Republicans pressuring the Trump administration to recognize climate change and push for

Companies close in on zero waste to landfills

Climate Finance Subaru’s U.S. manufacturing plant and two plants in Japan reuse nearly everything; they haven’t sent waste to local landfills in 20 years. All but three percent of components in Subaru cars can be recycled and reused. Is it a coincidence that Subaru has among the best profit margins the industry? Sierra Nevada diverts

Technology will make agriculture better…and more sustainable

Moisture sensors, drones, smart irrigation, terrain contour mapping, self-driving and GPS-enabled tractors. Tech innovations can help farmers feed 9.7 billion by 2050. Investors plowed $1.75 billion into agtech companies in the first half of 2016 to help farms use less water, fewer pesticides and fertilizers and more sunlight.

630 business leaders to Trump: Accelerate the low-carbon economy

Climate Finance Continue low-carbon policies, make investments in the low-carbon economy and don’t disrupt the Paris Climate agreement. Leaders of companies representing $1.15 trillion in revenues outlined their demands for the incoming administration this morning. “We want the U.S. economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy,” wrote the heads of companies including

Technology will make agriculture better…and more sustainable

Moisture sensors, drones, smart irrigation, terrain contour mapping, self-driving and GPS-enabled tractors. Tech innovations can help farmers feed 9.7 billion by 2050. Investors plowed $1.75 billion into agtech companies in the first half of 2016 to help farms use less water, fewer pesticides and fertilizers and more sunlight. Photo credit: Bestdroneforthejob.com.