What cities of the future can learn from their older peers

2030 Masdar in the United Arab Emirates was conceived a decade ago as a zero-carbon city in a region otherwise dependent on fossil fuels. Only five percent of the 2.3 million square miles allotted have been developed, but what’s there is 75 percent solar-powered. That could be too much of a good thing, according to

Bipartisan legislation to bring private investment to America’s “emerging markets”

More than three-quarters of all venture capital investment went to California, New York and Massachusetts last year. A new bipartisan bill, the “Investing in Opportunity Act,” aims to spread the wealth by tapping the $2 trillion in unrealized capital gains in stocks and mutual funds. The bill would set up “Opportunity Funds” in underserved “Opportunity Zones.” Investors

Famine in East Africa sounds the alarm for a new approach to food security

International aid organizations are warning that more than 16 million people face hunger in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan. Nigeria and Yemen also face food emergencies. The compounding crises offer an urgent reminder that nearly a billion people worldwide are unable to access sufficient food. Food insecurity is likely to increase as population growth

Healthcare is “so complicated,” even for artificial intelligence

AI’s potential in healthcare is curbed by a maze of policy, regulation, and importantly, concerns for patient privacy. “The current healthcare delivery system unfortunately remains structurally ill-suited to absorb and deploy rapid advances,” write researchers from the Stanford One Hundred Study on Artificial Intelligence. This week, ImpactAlpha is extracting nuggets from Stanford’s century-long effort to

Transportation: How AI could transform a North American city by 2030

Most of the buzz around self-driving cars focuses on the decrease or elimination of road accidents and fatalities. But autonomous vehicles will offer multiple urban lifestyle improvements by 2030, when they are likely to be commonplace. That’s the conclusion of the first report out from the Stanford One Hundred Study on Artificial Intelligence, a century-long

Four scenarios for feeding (or not) 8.5 billion people in 2030

There’s nothing inevitable about how we’re going to feed the world as population grows. A World Economic Forum report plotted our possible food futures along two axes: resource-efficient vs. resource-intensive food production and interconnected global markets vs. fragmentation. For investors and businesses, each scenario presents risks and opportunities. “A new era of business could…contribute to

HowGood raises $4.2 million for sustainable retail ratings

HowGood has raised $4.2 million for sustainable retail ratings. The Brooklyn-based startup offers consumers a sustainability and responsibility guide for 200,000 food, drink, personal care items and home goods. HowGood’s data on environmental, health and trade impacts includes packaging chemicals and labor practices. A rating is available with a mobile barcode scan. The Series A round was led