Will Californians say ‘Yes’ to greenhouse gas reductions – and higher-density housing?

California has targeted a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse emissions below 1990 levels by 2030. To reach the goal, Californians need to drive less and walk, bike or ride mass transit, more. The largest portion of California’s greenhouse gas emissions comes from cars and trucks. The key to reducing driving is increasing the density of housing

Can South Africa provide energy for all? 

South Africa produces half of sub-Saharan Africa’s energy and ranks highest on the continent for energy access. Still, 60 percent of rural South Africans don’t have access to the electricity grid, and many more are considered “energy poor.” A new report from ImpactAmplifier, a business accelerator in Cape Town, shows how far South Africa still

Renewables are no longer ‘alternative.’ Fossil fuels are ‘legacy.’

The decision facing investors, from American families with 401(k)s to managers of the world’s largest pension and sovereign wealth funds, is whether to bet on the low-carbon energy transformation now well under way – or stick with business-as-usual. At stake is not only retirement security but whether the end of the fossil fuel era is

Marrakech Express: Bridging the Climate Innovation Gap with Strategic Philanthropic Investments (Webinar)

Rather than bemoan venture capitalists’ lack of interest in early stage innovation to tackle climate change, Sarah Kearney and her PRIME Coalition have set out to show VCs and other investors how it an be done. As the follow-up to last year’s Paris climate accords approaches (in Marrakech Nov. 7-18), PRIME’s model caught the eye of

Jigar Shah to Bill Gates: We Already Have the Technology to Solve Climate Change

Bill Gates and 30 other innovators have signed up to support the Breakthrough Energy Coalition to fill a very important gap in clean energy – early commercialization. The challenge with Gates’s announcement is that while he and other are filling a real need, it is not the most pressing need and certainly not all that

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

DealFlow Nov. 5-12: ImpactAlpha’s Weekly Roundup of Investments, Raises and Exits

What, where, when and how impact capital flowed this week...See more impact deals in ImpactAlpha’s DealFlow section. Send your dealflow news to info@dev.impactalpha.com. Mexican impact fund raises via public markets. Venture capital firm IGNIA has reached a $90 million first close on its second fund with commitments from domestic pension funds. The Mexican pension funds, which were