August 2016

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INVESTING IN OFF-GRID RENEWABLES IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD

The Guardian has an interesting article this week on investments in off-grid renewables in the developing world. At the climate talks in Paris this past December, the topic of how to finance developing countries in order to assist in the transition to clean energy was...

CAN BROWNFIELDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN POST-BREXIT HOUSING CRISIS?

The housing crisis in the UK featured frequently in the public debate leading up to the EU referendum, and many thought the bubble would burst after June's decision to Brexit. Blue and Green tomorrow has an article this week discussing the potential - or lack...

BASING POLICY-MAKING ON WHAT WORKS

In an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Michele Jolin argues that in order to rebuild Americans' faith in their government, policy-makers should focus on finding and funding solutions to social problems that are backed by evidence and data. Currently, a large majority (61%...

BIG SOCIETY CAPITAL’S FIRST INDEPENDENT STAKEHOLDER SURVEY

Big Society Capital recently published its first independent stakeholder survey. The survey was commissioned by the organisation to gain a better understanding of how its work supporting social sector organisations to access affordable finance is viewed by charities, social enterprises and investors and other stakeholders....

CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE LAW

Bloomberg has an article on the decision by a federal appeals court in Chicago this week to uphold the regulatory practice that enables the US government to account for projected costs of climate change.  According to Bloomberg, the decision comes less than a week after...

THE BLACK CAB INTERVIEWS: SIR RONALD COHEN

In the fourth installment of their The Black Cab Interviews series, the Pioneers Post has taken Sir Ronald Cohen on a ride around London.  Sir Cohen is the founder of one of the first venture capital firms, Apax Partners, as well as the co-founder and...

CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY – MOVING BEYOND THE FAD

The Economist has an article on corporate sustainability, and the reasons behind its bad reputation. As there are currently no established standard practices, firms have many opportunities to cut corners. The article takes reducing pollution as an example: one way to give the appearance rather...

70% RISE IN CITIES DISCLOSING CLIMATE STRATEGIES

According to the Carbon Disclosure Project, 2016 has seen a 70 % rise in cities measuring and disclosing environmental data, in order to manage emissions and the increasing impacts of climate change. An unprecedented 533 cities in the world, representing 621 million citizens, have reported...