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Solar is the future’s low-cost energy source

2030 The cost of solar generation, which has fallen more than 60 percent since 2009, is projected to drop another 40 to 60 percent by 2025. That will make solar power the cheapest form of energy almost everywhere in the next decade. Low costs are creating a “Wal-Mart effect” across the solar supply-chain, says Sami

Future of Education: Give your bot an apple

The future of education may be bots beamed by video that can give you full attention, learn your study habits and teach you at four to 10 times the rate of traditional teachers. “I’ve been predicting that by 2030 the largest company on the internet is going to be an education-based company that we haven’t

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.

Call to Action: Align Global Assets with Global Goals

One year after the adoption of the U.N. Sustainable Development goals, it’s time for global investors and asset managers with $70 trillion under management to “commit capital to impact investing efforts aimed at meeting the SDGs.” So says Amit Bouri, head of the Global Impact Investing Network, a consortium of asset owners and managers that are

Thinking Long Term About the Impact Investing Marketplace

Why do we think impact investors will become increasingly active in backing solutions to global challenges? Because those investments represent some of the greatest wealth generating opportunities of our time. The trillions in investments needed to stave off the catastrophic effects of climate change, for example, will also underwrite the rebuilding of a new, clean

The $1 Trillion Challenge: Can Clean Energy Investors Fulfill Global Climate Deal?

Bill Gates is raising the stakes at this week’s global climate conference in Paris, with an expected announcement of a multi-billion dollar fund for clean energy research and development. According to ClimateWire, Gates and other billionaires will make the pledge as part of an effort to secure a commitment from India to carbon-reduction goals. That is a

Women and Girls Lead Sustainable Development for All

A remarkable consensus has emerged: Women’s leadership and inclusion is essential for meeting not only UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 — gender equality — but the 16 other global goals as well. The women’s agenda is becoming the global agenda. Women and girls were center stage at last week’s Clinton Global Initiative and this week’s Social Capital