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

Letter from Brazil: Collective Action to Help Small Businesses Achieve Development Goals

As the host of two historic UN summits on sustainable development in the past 25 years, it should come as no surprise that Brazil is actively engaged in testing innovative approaches to reach the sustainable development goals. Supporting small and growing businesses (SGBs) can be an important part of this agenda, contributing to advances in

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

This venture capitalist is happy to accept below market returns

To tradeoff or not to tradeoff: that is not the question, according to Omidyar Network, the impact investing firm of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam. Rather, investors who accept below-market returns should demand to know how that concession is helping to catalyze new markets that can drive positive social change. In the winter issue

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.