Saturday, December 3, 2022

Airly secures new $5.5 million Series A to fight air pollution and save lives

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Air pollution is the most-pressing environmental health crisis of our time with about nine in ten people across the globe breathing unclean air. Helping to spotlight this existential threat, cleantech startup Airly announced a $5.5m series A as it targets cleaning the air by understanding the sources based on sensor data and comprehensive actionable insights. 

Terraformation launches the first carbon-funded forest accelerator

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Terraformation, a global reforestation company, has launched the Seed to Carbon Forest Accelerator, the first biodiversity-focused, carbon-funded forest accelerator program. In the next decade, the world will need thousands of new reforestation teams to capture carbon at scale and limit the impacts of climate change. The forest accelerator will help meet this need by providing teams with the tools to launch restoration projects and succeed at scale.

Cirium fuses CO2 emissions and flight tracking data with its Fleets Analyzer

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The aviation analytics company, Cirium, announced the integration of aircraft CO2 emissions and satellite-based flight tracking data with its fleets analysis solution, Fleets Analyzer. The aircraft CO2 emissions data has been commended by major airlines like American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic for accuracy, which Cirium has integrated into its fleets analysis tool, along with the advanced satellite-based flight tracking data for individual aircraft. This provides complete coverage of the utilization of narrow- and wide-body aircraft across the globe.

AFF and Heifer Netherlands partner to reduce GHG emissions in Nepal

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The AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF), a foundation with the vision to prevent and relieve hunger through sustainable agricultural development, announced a $250,000 grant to Heifer Netherlands to aid the sustainability, productivity and resilience of smallholder dairy farming families through the development of a climate-smart and productive dairy model in Nepal.

Esper Satellite Imagery signs $150m in pre-orders for data and imagery

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As some of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gasses, the mining and agriculture industries have been seen as enemies of the environment. Now, a Melbourne-based startup is helping these industries become more climate friendly through data from space image technology. Esper Satellite Imagery is the brainchild of 22-year-old Shoaib Iqbal, who is in his final year of his Bachelor of Space Science studies. Within three short years of founding the business, Shoaib has grown Esper to a team of eight (all under 25), signed on 15 firms, with 40 clients in the pipeline, and secured $150 million in client pre-orders for satellite data and imagery.

Australian businesses are sitting on an untapped goldmine of old tech

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Lenovo released findings from a new research report, ‘Rethinking E-waste in a Circular Economy,’ showing that only half (50%) of senior IT business leaders say they are very aware of the potential economic value that resides in their organisations’ electronic waste.

Climate change is the most pressing environmental issue, finds new study

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The Asahi Glass Foundation, chaired by Takuya Shimamura, conducted an online survey of 13,332 people in Japan and 24 other countries, with 6,585 participants aged 18-24, and 6,747 participants aged 25-69. Its goal was to assess awareness on environmental issues.

PUMA’s Conference of the People puts Gen Z voices front and centre

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New research from PUMA, which surveyed 6,000 young people aged 18-25 from the United Kingdom, United States, France, Germany, Italy and Spain revealed that 94% of the respondents care about the environment. At the same time, however, almost one in five aren’t motivated to help improve sustainability because the focus is on older generations.

First-of-its-kind investment platform cast to issue tokenized carbon credits

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The International Finance Corporation, Cultivo, Aspiration, and Chia Network, announced the Carbon Opportunities Fund (the Fund), an investment platform that will raise private capital for an innovative model to source, tokenize and sell high-quality, verified carbon credits. The Fund will seek to catalyse investments in the voluntary carbon markets and broaden access to finance for nature-based projects certified by leading international standards bodies. This new model for the carbon trading ecosystem will deploy innovative technologies to help identify, monitor, evaluate and natively tokenize verified carbon credits.

RMIT Online launches a course on sustainability to skill workers on ESG

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RMIT Online have launched a Sustainability and Social Impact course, to equip employees with the skills to articulate an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy. With the support of Deloitte, Thankyou and Humanitech, the course will highlight the way firms must re-design themselves in line with changing needs of investors, govts and the public.