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

Matching funds to combat fake news

The Knight Foundation moved quickly to capitalize on concerns over fake news after the U.S. election. Knight launched the $1.5 million initiative a week before Christmas. With nine days left in the call to action, 20 nonprofit news organizations, including the Center for Public Integrity, ProPublica and Inside Climate News, have reached the $25,000 match limit.

“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

Move over fintech. Human agents drive financial inclusion

Technology is helping give more people access to payment, saving, loan and investment services. But Greta Bull, head of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, says the real game changer is distribution. The key to M-Pesa’s mobile payments system, for example, is its network of agents who allow customers to convert cash to digital

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

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.