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Africa's quiet solar revolution

January 26th, 2015  |  Source: CS

The continent skipped land lines for mobile phones. Now a new generation of start-ups is trying to bring sun power to rural Africa – and leapfrog the fossil fuel era. 

Davos is not leading to 'timely, effective action' Now is the time to bring on the B Team

January 23rd, 2015  |  Source: The Guardian

The chairman of Volans John Elkington and the B Team’s Jochen Zeitz say leaders need to do more than talk; they need to take action – fast. The B Team announces its Plan B for Business to help steer the global economy on a more sustainable course this week in Davos, Switzerland

Football wealth

January 22nd, 2015  |  Source: The Economist

Having become the first team to win the European Cup on ten occasions in 2014, Real Madrid has also claimed the title of world’s highest-earning club for the tenth straight year.


US Solar Energy industry now employs 174,000

January 22nd, 2015  |  Source: The Solar Foundation

The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit solar research and education organization, today released its fifth annual National Solar Jobs Census<>.

Crowdfunding propels scientific research

January 19th, 2015  |  Source: Washington Post

Today, an increasing number of academic scientists are paying attention to how their hair looks in photos, considering whether they should blog, and figuring out how to translate their life’s work into a brief and attention-grabbing YouTube clip for strangers.

Asking for Just $1 Can Accelerate Funding for Non-Profit News

January 16th, 2015  |  Source: Medium/Knight Foundation/Kickstarter

Was it the novelty? Passion for investigative reporting? Unbridled bicycle mania?

Google to test its first build-it-yourself smartphone this year

January 15th, 2015  |  Source:

Google announced Wednesday that it will unveil a modular smartphone in Puerto Rico this year as part of a pilot program that will allow people to choose their own hardware based on their needs and interests.

The company will partner with Mexico-based carrier Claro and local carrier Open Mobile to offer the product, which will be sold from free-standing stores that look like food trucks, said Jessica Beavers, a Google marketing executive.


Opec won't back down, UAE minister says as oil plunges

January 13th, 2015  |  Source: Business Times Singapore

Opec will not cut its oil output to support prices but expects higher-cost producers to do so, the United Arab Emirates energy minister insisted on Tuesday as oil plunged near six-year lows.

While Suhail bin Mohammed al-Mazroui was speaking, Brent crude dropped 4 per cent to below US$46 a barrel following a 5 per cent plunge on Monday, continuing a rout that has more than halved its value in the past six months.


Electric-Car Pioneer Elon Musk Charges Head-On at Detroit

January 12th, 2015  |  Source:

Tesla Motors’ CEO Curses, Sweats the Tiniest Details and Wants More Competition

When Elon Musk , who loudly disdains the traditional auto industry, makes his first public appearance in Detroit in two years on Tuesday, it will be easy to see how much has changed since then.

Investing in extreme times

January 7th, 2015  |  Source: Macleans

It’s not just the weather that’s about to get more volatile for companies

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