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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.

Battle for the Arctic: Yesterday’s Energy War?

Climate Finance The White House announcement on Tuesday (alongside parallel Canadian actions) of a permanent ban on oil and gas drilling in 115 million acres of Arctic waters will be among President Obama’s most noteworthy moves to protect the planet from climate change. It will likely be challenged by President-elect Trump, who has promised to

Battle for the Arctic: Yesterday’s Energy War?

The White House announcement on Tuesday (alongside parallel Canadian actions) of a permanent ban on oil and gas drilling in 115 million acres of Arctic waters will be among President Obama’s most noteworthy moves to protect the planet from climate change. It will likely be challenged by President-elect Trump, who has promised to lift federal bans

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