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How This Woman Successfully Launched An Ethical Shoe Brand With Zero Fashion Experience

Ten years ago, Bethany Tran went to Guatemala and had a transformative week that would ultimately change the trajectory of her career. Her friends had started a nonprofit that was working to break the cycle of poverty in the largest urban slum in Central America. It was her first time abroad and her first real

Creating a common language for solar

As solar comes to represent a larger proportion of the global energy mix, direct comparisons with conventional energy sources, and even with other renewables, are becoming more and more important. This is reflected in a bid by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Expert Group to standardize reporting on solar energy potential. Long

2019-09-02T08:20:14-05:00Tags: |

India Delivers a Case Study in Successful Impact Investing

EM3 Agricultural Services works at the muddy end of India’s ongoing story of economic growth. The company was founded in 2014 to provide smallholder farmers in India with access to mechanized equipment—not by selling it to them, but renting it, on demand, by the hour, through a platform that links them with equipment owners. The

Sustainable Investing Turns Out Not To Be As Popular As The Hype

Sustainable investing is the process of investing in sustainable companies or funds. Some people call this ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investing, others simply "ethical investing". Whatever the terminology, this form of investing money, usually by institutions or high net worth individuals (HNWIs: people with a net worth over $1 million), is supposedly changing the

Sedentary lifestyle for 20 years doubles mortality risk

Two decades of a sedentary lifestyle is associated with a two times risk of premature death compared to being physically active, according to results from the HUNT study presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. Study author Dr Trine Moholdt of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim,

2019-09-01T19:24:01-05:00Tags: |

Top sectors for jobs in the renewable energy

With businesses and nations attempting to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and mitigate their impact on the environment, many are turning to renewable sources of energy. Eleven million people worked in renewable energy in 2018, according to recent analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). This represents an increase of 700,000 compared to

2019-09-01T19:09:25-05:00Tags: |

Freaked out about the future of the planet? Don’t let fear ruin your finances

“Do ETFs, REITs and mutual funds still make sense to invest in if the planet won’t survive ’til our retirement?” So read an Instagram DM from a friend earlier this year. The reasoning was fairly clear: A recent report from the United Nations indicates that climate change is harming the world’s food supply to a catastrophic degree,

Election 2020 and Taxes — A Better Way To Address Wealth Inequality

The drums sound as to income and wealth inequality as an issue for the 2020 Democratic Presidential primaries.  The loudest voices calling for increasing taxes on owners, investors and entrepreneurs – with a view that raising taxes on high-end income families is a good in of itself. All this jawing on hiking taxes on owners/investors/entrepreneurs

Median Retirement Income For Women 42% Lower Than For Men

U.S. households’ retirement difficulties are exacerbated by social inequality, according to a recent report, especially gender inequality—but improving retirement plan design could provide a partial solution. The median annual income for women aged 65 and older is 42 percent lower than that of men, according to “Closing the Retirement Income Gender Gap: The Opportunity Is

The Rich Can’t Get Richer Forever, Can They?

Inequality comes in waves. The question is when this one will break. In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville, at the age of twenty-five, was sent by France’s Ministry of Justice to study the American penal system. He spent ten months in the United States, dutifully visiting prisons and meeting hundreds of people, including President Andrew Jackson

Renewable energy sources produced 20% of U.S. electricity

Renewable energy sources (biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for more than one-fifth (20.1%) of net domestic electrical generation during the first six months of 2019, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of just-released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). A year earlier, renewables’ share was 19.9%. The latest issue of EIA’s

2019-08-28T17:22:45-05:00Tags: |

USC’s Street Medicine team brings the hospital to the homeless

Nurse Gabrielle Johnson grabs a backpack bursting with medical supplies from the backseat of her Chevy Colorado and jogs across under a freeway overpass in Boyle Heights to see her first patient. Brett Feldman, a physician assistant, is right alongside her. “Hey Bill!” Johnson called out toward a group of tents on the left side

2019-08-28T08:54:28-05:00Tags: |

Supporting Main Street: How Investors Are Creating Small Business Jobs Through Fintech

When it comes to impact investing, it’s hard to beat a small business loan. Dollars are lent out and put to work generating jobs and supporting economic growth — and then they're repaid with interest as the business grows. But until recently, only one type of investor was able to make this kind of impact

How to start a digital healthcare revolution in Africa in 6 steps

Nowhere is better positioned to benefit from the digital revolution in healthcare than Africa, where technology can help tackle the rising burden of disease and major obstacles in infrastructure and the environment. However, realizing the promise of digital healthcare technology, while avoiding its potential pitfalls, will require a comprehensive, systematic approach based on the principles

2019-08-27T06:52:27-05:00Tags: |

Ethical funds are increasingly focused on the new UN sustainable development goals

Ethical investing has seen a boom in popularity over the past year with savers piling into so-called environmental, social and governance or 'ESG' funds. In Europe, 290 ESG-oriented funds were launched last year while in the US, total assets under management in sustainable investments more than doubled from approximately $40billion (£32.5billion) in 2013 to almost $90billion

The most effective ways to curb climate change might surprise you

The planet is barreling toward 1.5 degrees of global warming as soon as 2030 unless we enact “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” a dire United Nations report warned in October. To reduce our impact on the climate and avert disaster, it’s going to take more than switching to high-efficiency light bulbs. But the most effective