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A more ethical internet, impact investing data problem and a zero waste supermarket

A more ethical internet, impact investing data problem and a zero waste supermarket

Computer scientist David Magerman wants to build a more ethical internet | CBC News

After getting fired from Trump supporting Mercer, Magerman has turned his formidable skills towards a more socially responsible way of investing. Now he's working with investors and young companies to build an internet where personal privacy and corporate transparency go hand-in-hand.

Source: Computer scientist David Magerman wants to build a more ethical internet | CBC News

Defective data is a big problem for sustainable investing | Financial Times

As Impact Investing grows in importance, it's starting to hit against a major stumbling block. Data is sometimes lacking or just plain wrong, and it could be working against investors and companies alike. What can be done about this, and are there ways investors can ensuring their money is being pumped into sustainable, socially responsible businesses?

Source: Defective data is a big problem for sustainable investing | Financial Times

The Irish Times view: Making our diets more sustainable – The Irish Times

In a country where dairy and meat production are significant parts of the economy, the Taoiseach's comments about eating less red meat drew rancour. Yet there are growing movements to reduce meat consumption, not just for health reasons, but also to help fight climate change.

Source: The Irish Times view: Making our diets more sustainable – The Irish Times

​A Startup’s Triple Bottom Line to Social Responsibility – Equities.com

The triple bottom line is financial, social and environmental. As a new generation of startups and young companies move into socially aware markets, investors and executives are paying more attention to this more rounded way of accounting, as Gary C. Bizzo explains.

Source: ​A Startup’s Triple Bottom Line to Social Responsibility – Equities.com

Community and climate go hand-in-hand – Houston Chronicle

Climate change has a disproportionate impact on poor communities, argue Michael A. Smyer and Marlon A. Smith. In the US at least, that betrays an underlying racism where poor black neighbourhoods seem less likely to be supported during and after extreme events.

Source: Community and climate go hand-in-hand – Houston Chronicle

Renewable energy gets behind NZ’s endangered big green parrot – pv magazine Australia

New Zealand has come up with an interesting way of saving an endangered species: play saxophone music to them. It's part of a quirky marketing campaign to raise awareness of the plight of the kākāpō, a giant breed of parrot unique to the islands. Caution: Kenny G is involved.

Source: Renewable energy gets behind NZ’s endangered big green parrot – pv magazine Australia

RBI’s New Policy on ECBs Could Leave Renewable Energy Projects Stranded – Mercom India

India's plans to grow its renewable base received another blow. High interest loans have held back investment due to concerns over land acquisition and transmission of power to consumers. Now the central bank has effectively shut access to the foreign currency, long term loans some projects were relying on.

Source: RBI’s New Policy on ECBs Could Leave Renewable Energy Projects Stranded – Mercom India

Environmentality: How the government shutdown affects the environment – Vanderbilt Hustler

The government shut down is having profound environmental impacts in the US. From backed up waste in toilets to vandalism, Kalley Newcombe examines the problems and asks whether there is a way back from the mess.

Source: Environmentality: How the government shutdown affects the environment – Vanderbilt Hustler

A generation of switched-on Energy Superheroes speaks! | Energy Institute

Source: A generation of switched-on Energy Superheroes speaks! | Energy Institute

How one shop in Cumbria is ‘cutting the wrap’ to reduce waste – Environment Journal

Allowing customers to buy only what they need is a simple and effective way of reducing waste. Not only is packaging reduced to what's minimal for safe transport, it allows for more sustainable "single use" packaging such as paper bags for fruit, and consumers will tend to use their own shopping bags.

Source: How one shop in Cumbria is ‘cutting the wrap’ to reduce waste – Environment Journal

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