Category Archives: Energy and Environment

The Private Sector Could Help Us Save the World’s Oceans

By Michael Davis The importance of the world’s oceans, and the challenges they face cannot be overstated. Oceans are home to the earth’s most diverse ecosystems, and are crucial to fighting climate change as they absorb 30% of the CO2 … Continue reading

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Protecting Tigers from Asia’s Infrastructure Development Boom

By Will Green and Jamie Chung This blog draws on findings from a new report from Dalberg and WWF — Protecting Tigers from Asia’s Infrastructure Development Boom. Tigers have travelled a rocky road over the past hundred years. Decimated from … Continue reading

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The State of the Off-Grid Appliance Market

With over two billion people worldwide lacking access to reliable electricity, the global off-grid appliance market is critical for increasing access to electricity and services. In particular, renewable energy technologies like the fast-growing solar portable lamps and solar home systems are helping to bridge the gap. The markets for renewable/hybrid … Continue reading

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The Planet’s Health is Essential to Prevent Infectious Disease

By Sonila Cook, Oren Ahoobim, Jeff Berger, Emma Hodge, Bhavana Chilukuri The Zika virus, now detected in 42 countries, is only the latest in a series of diseases establishing a new normal for pandemics. Sars ravaged South China in 2003, Middle East … Continue reading

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A Crystal Ball for Global Development: What Will Happen in 2016?

This article was originally published on Huffington Post Impact. By Yana Watson Kakar, Madji Sock, and Shyam Sundaram True to hopes, 2015 was a landmark year for global development. Two decades of talks yielded an ambitious, universal agreement to fight climate … Continue reading

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From Charity to Change: A Dynamic Approach to Building a Better World

by Joe Dougherty  On the first day of December, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan celebrated the birth of their daughter, by announcing their intention to direct 99% of their Facebook shares to a new philanthropic venture, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, … Continue reading

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Do you have what it takes to be a climate negotiator? Take this quiz and find out

World leaders descended on Paris earlier this week to negotiate a climate change agreement. This is a seminal moment for our planet and stakes couldn’t be higher — this is about keeping earth habitable for all. So, what if you could attend the … Continue reading

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Infographic: What is the (Particulate) Matter in India?

By Kabir Nanda and Varad Pande Yesterday, the Supreme Court of India announced a 4-month trial “Environment Compensation Charge” on all commercial vehicles entering New Delhi starting November 1. Poor air quality in India has been an ongoing issue, but … Continue reading

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Creating the Climate for Action: Lessons from the UN Global Goals Process

By Sonila Cook and Varad Pande It took more than four years and skillful backroom negotiation to get to this week’s victory — the ratification of the next global development agenda, the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, that will guide … Continue reading

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Gaurav Gupta at TEDx Masala: What If We Lived Off the Grid?

For over a quarter of the world’s population, electricity at home is a distant reality – they are fundamentally off-grid. Across the bottom of the pyramid, tens of billions of dollars are still spent each year on candles, biofuels, and … Continue reading

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