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This startup is making investing in clean energy projects easier than ever

A new crowdsourcing platform makes it possible to direct even the smallest investments towards clean energy projects. At the Jumpstart platform, people can put just a few bucks into the projects of their choice in the form of a loan. Once the project is successfully functioning, investors are paid back, and can even get a return on their investment. The new initiative addresses a major concern raised in the UN’s most recent climate change report: the world is falling short of the necessary investments that are needed to prevent an environmental catastrophe.

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:10/26/2018

Muhammad Yunus: Separate financial systems—not charity—will end poverty

For more than 40 years, Muhammad Yunus has been building a financial system for people who lack sufficient access to the one that already exists. In 2006, the now 78-year old won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as “banker to the poor".

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  • Date:10/23/2018

Green bonds issuance crosses $100 billion in 2018

For a second consecutive year, green bonds issuance has crossed $100 billion, marking a major milestone for low-carbon funding around the world. The Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) has reported that the total volume of green bonds issued this year crossed $100 billion mark in September.

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  • Date:10/19/2018

How impact investors can better serve communities: ask them what they need

Amid the decline of the coal economy in West Virginia, the city of Williamson has not fared well. Nestled in the heart of coal country in Mingo County, Williamson has lost more than 2,000 jobs–25 percent of its workforce–in the last four years.

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  • Date:09/27/2018

Blockchain after bitcoin

The world is changing at a breathtaking pace. Blink once, and you will have missed yet another disruption, another tech-driven innovation.

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  • Date:09/27/2018

Why Bill Gates expects a huge wave of poverty reduction in Africa

While the pictures we see of Africa in the media or in donation campaigns show stark poverty and despair, these images don’t show the whole picture. In fact, when it comes to many important indicators such as literacy rates and childhood deaths, life in Africa has improved dramatically over the last decades. And according to Bill Gates, the continent is on the brink of a wave of poverty reduction just like China and India have experienced in the 21st century. 

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  • TIME
  • Date:09/24/2018

The doughnut may hold the key to a sustainable economy

For economists, the biggest economic conundrum in the world right now is the following: how do we fast-track economic development while leaving a livable planet for future generations? According to Oxford University economist Kate Raworth, the answer may lie in the humble doughnut.

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  • Ozy
  • Date:09/21/2018

Why the quest to eliminate extreme poverty requires a concentrated effort

Just 9 percent of the world is living on less than $1.90 a day, but we’re still far away from reducing that number to zero. While India and China have quickly reduced poverty over the last few decades, sub-Saharan Africa's rate of poverty is decreasing at a slower rate. This is a worrying prospect considering the population of this region is expected to double in size by 2040, meaning that nearly 90 percent of the world’s poorest people will be living in sub-Saharan Africa. If we want to eliminate extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa and other poor regions of the…

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:09/19/2018

Fighting climate change could generate $26 trillion for the world economy by 2030

A report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that shifting from fossil fuels to cleaner energies such as solar power could prevent 700,000 premature deaths from air pollution in 2030. Beyond public health, fighting climate change could generate more than 65 million new low-carbon jobs and add $26 trillion to the global economy in the coming 12 years. The report, however, warns policymakers there is a “critical” 2-3 year window to unlock these green benefits—or else the planet could barrel towards runaway. climate change.

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  • EcoWatch
  • Date:09/07/2018

Oxfam to empower Cambodian rice farmers with blockchain

Oxfam has launched a pilot project in Cambodia to help rice farmers getting paid their fair share using blockchain technology. Blockchain for Livelihoods from Organic Cambodian Rice, or Blocrice, will analyze and test how 50 farmers can be empowered by having up-to-date information and value distribution in their supply chain.

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  • Date:08/29/2018
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