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PayGo Is Emerging as a New Payments Solution for Off-Grid

PayGo is emerging as a way for emerging off-grid renewable energy operators to fuel their operations, and expansion, to address the needs of low-income households who remain disconnected from electricity. The solution is being run in partnership with Mastercard Foundation.

Cycle.land Offers a More Personalized Bike-Sharing Platform

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Yet another bike-sharing platform has sprouted, this time in Cambridge, but which offers one that is more personalized to bike-renters and riders, and that is as cheap as just $0.65 per day.

The Development Challenge, and Opportunity, of Electrifying Africa

Improvements in technology, like availability of solar panels, and a kinder climate for investing is starting to come together for Africa, a region that has remained a challenge to extend electricity to.

Carbon Tax Plan Announced by Big Oil

A consortium of oil companies and other firms have announced a "conservative climate" carbon tax plan that is being met with either applause or skepticism. Philanthropist Laurene Jobs and Michael Bloomberg are among the plan's backers.

Impact Investing Deal Report – June 14, 2017

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Among the highlights this past week - transportation disruptors Proterra, Ponycar, Supr Daily and Mercadoni. "Like Tesla, Proterra offers a similar value for the bus market," says one analyst.

Apple Issues a New $1B Green Bond

Apple has issued a $1 billion green bond, its second in two years, to help continue its push to convert its operations to utilize renewable energy sources, as well as its pledge to reduce its carbon footprint despite Trump's withdrawal from the Paris accord.

Off-Grid Energy Toolkit to Identify Solutions

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MIT D-Lab's Energy Assessment Toolkit is one example tool that aspiring solution developers can utilize to assess the energy needs of remote rural areas like Pakistan's. The tool has been piloted in West Africa, India and Latin America.

CO2 Extractor Opened Near Zurich, A First

The world’s first commercial plant that aims to extract CO2 at industrial scale opened recently for business near Zurich in Switzerland. The plant plans to isolate the CO2 chemically and via fans at temperatures of about 100 degrees Celsius.

Beating Pakistan’s Changing Weather

How Acumen's Jacqueline Novogratz and a local solar electricity startup are partnering to deal with bringing relief from Pakistan's extreme heat and changing climate.

Paris Accord Without the US – What’s Next

Leaders in business and government, as well as headlines, came out voicing protests against Trump's Thursday decision to withdraw from the Paris accord. The increased attention is bound to make investing in climate change more popular, one silver lining.
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