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How Businesses Can Do Well By Doing Good

In 2015, when world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, we committed to the most inclusive, diverse and comprehensive and ambitious development agenda ever. By doing so, we acknowledged that development challenges are global challenges. The new global goals represent a universal …

Sustaining sustainability: What institutional investors should do next on ESG

Mainstream institutions have made progress integrating environmental, social, and governance factors into their investing, but they still have far to …

Cost of solar energy falls every time the sun rises

Installing solar panels on your roof is not just for tree-hugging environmentalists. The increasing ease of the process and the financial returns have made going solar practically mainstream.<p>Washingtonians are embracing solar power in a big way. In the District, residential solar installations have …

Why Is Patagonia Backing Home Solar Projects?

<i>By Heather Clancy</i><p>Many businesses are evaluating solar projects as a method of managing their long-term electricity costs while increasing their clean energy portfolio. Patagonia also views them as a corporate investment opportunity, a strategy it encourages other businesses to emulate.<p>In early …

A Stanford Psychologist Explains How to Motivate Others to Change

Nagging doesn't work and neither do inspirational speeches. This does.<p>What's harder than talking yourself into making difficult but necessary changes in your life? Getting the people you love (or even the people you work with) to change.<p>At one time or another, most of us have been told that trying …

Why the US Is Buying Up So Many UK Artificial Intelligence Companies

DeepMind, SwiftKey, VocalIQ—Does the UK need to worry about a brain drain in artificial intelligence?<p>Autonomy, DeepMind, SwiftKey, VocalIQ. Each are British artificial intelligence and machine learning startups bought by US tech giants—HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple, respectively.<p>And they're …

Clean disruption? Stanford group plans for 100% green-energy future

An environmental research team from the prestigious Stanford University in California has calculated exactly how Canada can move away from fossil …

Silicon Valley

Entrepreneurial Googlers are quitting and launching their own companies out of Google's startup space

Today, Google employs thousands of people in London, working on everything from Google Maps to Android Wear. But some of them are leaving to get a taste of startup life.<p>Several "Googlers" in the English capital have shunned their jobs at Google in favour of building their own startup. And …

Here's How China Is Trying To Dodge Its Own Great Recession

The multi-trillion dollar question, literally, for investors these days is, “How poorly is the Chinese economy performing?”<p>The globe’s second largest …

World trade is so bad that cargo ships are being scrapped at double the 1986 record rate

The Baltic Dry Index, a measure of how much it costs to transport raw materials, in November dropped below 500 for the first time, and it has kept falling.<p>The index was as high as 1,222 in August, and it has fallen 84% from a recent peak of 2,330 in late 2013.<p>The index measures how much it costs to …

International Trade

Tim Cook's internal memo to all Apple employees on the company's fight against the FBI

The memo was obtained by BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski. In it, Cook says the FBI should withdraw its demand to have the Cupertino, California, company develop a tool to help it break into the iPhone: "At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people, and setting a dangerous …

7 Unexpected Costs of Buying a House

You've got your eye on a prime piece of property and just enough money in the bank to cover the down payment. It's meant to be, right? Before you submit an offer, consider this: the real price is much higher than the real estate listing would lead you to believe. There are a smattering of fees, …

Real Estate

Read Apple CEO Tim Cook's Letter Challenging Order to Unlock iPhone

Apple CEO Tim Cook is challenging a federal court order demanding his company help investigators unlock an iPhone used by an assailant in a recent …

After Losing His Wife to Cancer, Google Exec Jeff Huber Will Lead DNA Testing Venture - MIT Technology Review

A senior Google executive, Jeff Huber, will become the CEO of Grail, the high-profile company launched in January to develop and commercialize cancer …

Unlike most big companies, Amazon has never published a sustainability report. Recent hires suggest that may be about to change – but will the retailer play ball?<p>Amazon has a reputation for forward thinking, but when it comes to sustainability, the company has often fallen behind the times. For …

Sustainability

Protect your financial future: Safeguard your money with tips in these 4 areas - TODAY.com

Often because it's too stressful to think about or seemingly too expensive to implement, many people fail to put a protection plan in place to safeguard their money.<p>In the final installment of her four-part plan to help shape up your finances in the new year, TODAY financial editor Jean Chatzky …

This mortgage trick could save you thousands

For many, homeownership represents the ultimate American Dream. And for most of these people, the way to achieve that dream is to take out a mortgage in order to finance that home.<p>Here's the problem: When you take out a 30-year mortgage, which many of us do, you wind up paying more interest than …

4 Technologies That Will Usher In Next Generation Farming

Technology that promises to unleash agricultural productivity is here today. The combination punch of advanced mathematics, automation, advancements in sensor systems and next-generation plant breeding are setting the stage for the next Green Revolution, which is what we need to ensure a …

Hyperloop Race Picks Up Speed

Rival firms are working to build the futuristic transport systems, but high costs interfere<p>To build a hyperloop transportation system, engineers must create a near-vacuum in miles-long tubes, deploy powerful magnets to suspend capsules on a sliver of air and propel passengers at nearly the speed of …

High-speed Rail

Why Solar and Wind Are Thriving Despite Cheap Fossil Fuels

Low oil prices are rattling stock markets, but investors remain bullish on solar, wind, and other clean energy. Here are three reasons why.<p>The prolonged plunge in fossil fuel prices is rippling across the globe. Yet it’s barely put a dent in the booming market for clean energy, heralding perhaps a …

Renewable Energy

GE is undergoing the most radical transformation in its 124-year history

While this change could mean a relatively high degree of risk for longstanding investors who have viewed GE as a quasi-financial-conglomerate income play, it also looks set to rejuvenate the company's bottom line and make it a much greater success.<p>A key reason for this potential is GE's focus on …

6 Essential Techie Tools To Boost Productivity And Get More Done In 2016

Burnout and overwhelm — two of business’s dirty little words. Technology can alleviate some of the pressure you feel from day to day tasks like managing tasks, projects and even your inbox. Paula Rizzo, author of <i>Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less …

Here's how a Fed rate hike will impact your student loans

First, any student loans issued by the federal government since 2010 will not see their rates changed, as those loans are issued at fixed rates that are determined annually and set for the life of the loan. Any Direct student loans issued before 2006 were variable rate student loans, and increases …

A New World Beckons

<b>The Future Belongs to Renewables</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>Historically, the transition from one energy system to another, as from wood to coal or coal to oil, has proven an enormously complicated process, requiring decades to complete. In similar fashion, it will undoubtedly be many years …

Fitbit, Apple And Xiaomi Are The World’s Top Wearables Vendors, Says IDC

Xiaomi is the world’s No. 3 wearables vendor behind Fitbit and Apple, according to a new report from IDC that looked at shipment volume in the third quarter of 2015.<p>This may come as a surprise unless you live in China, where 97 percent of Xiaomi’s wearable gadgets, like the Mi Band, are shipped, …

Google Makes Major Investment In Renewable Energy To Power Internet Services

Google's renewable energy project, announced Thursday, adds 842 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to power its data centers, nearly doubling the …

S&P 500 companies up their game on climate: Report

Facing rising global temperatures and potential supply-chain risks to vital resources like water and electricity, more S&P 500 corporations are …

Green innovation: This company is growing the future of automated agriculture

If your goal is to create a stable food supply on Earth, or elsewhere for that matter, one path to steady, environmentally friendly and …

Farming