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How one impact investor is lighting up Africa with clean and safe energy

International impact investor Angela Homsi is so passionate about making a difference that, nearly 36 hours after the birth of her first child, she was back working. For Homsi’s daughter was born the day she and her business partner – and husband – launched the commercial operations of their renewable-energy company, Ignite Power. Ignite uses

Is Poverty Inescapable? An Immigrant’s Perspective

It is now fashionable to argue against the myth of escaping poverty by "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps." In her book Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, Linda Tirado argues against the idea that poverty is due to a moral failing or character flaw. According to Ms. Trado, poverty is a self-perpetuating cycle; it is a

Four Outdated Retirement Myths That Might Break Your Financial Health

As business leaders, it's important to ask yourself: Are you really on track for financially surviving retirement and leaving the legacy you’ve been working so hard for? Sadly, I've found that what many of us think of as golden rules for retirement planning and financial security just don’t work. Either they never did, or they’ve

California to Establish Its Own Generic Prescription Drug Label

On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could make its own prescription drug in an effort to the power out of the hands of greedy drugmakers. He wants California to work with pharmaceuticals that make generic drugs on its behalf so that the state’s residents could afford the drugs. Newsom explained that

A Next Gen Investor’s Predictions On Impact Investing In 2020s

The decade of 2020s will be hugely significant in investing, as we witness the greatest wealth transfer in the Western world. In the U.S., the baby boomers, which own about 60% of wealth, will mostly be moving into their 70s, and therefore passing their assets to the next generation, or the Millennial generation. At the same

Estimates of BPA in humans off by as much as 44X

Researchers have developed a more accurate method of measuring bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans and found that exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical is far higher than previously assumed. The study, published in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology on Dec. 5, provides the first evidence that the measurements relied upon by regulatory agencies,

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Palmer Holland Converts to Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Palmer Holland converted to a privately held Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) with an ownership team made entirely of employees. While Palmer Holland was a private company prior to the transition, this move solidified the organization's goal to remain an independent specialty chemical and ingredient distributor for the long term. While others in the sector have

Sustainability in a small place: the Spanish Basque Country as a 21st Century model

The 21st Century is not working out the way many of us hoped: we witness the failure of nations and politicians to address the climate crisis, as well as social unrest in many countries over the failure of a neoliberal economic model that has neglected social equity and environmental sustainability. The Financial Times has even called

Aging Workforce Issues Transition into Retirement

Aging Workforce Issues Transition into Retirement Aging workforce issues impact the employee’s transition into the retirement years.  In America, the aging workforce plans to stay on the job past the traditional retirement age. By 2024, 25% of the aging workforce in the U.S. will be over the age of 55, and a third of those will

3 Renewable Energy Developments That Will Define 2020

Building on last week’s discussion of clean technology trends that will surely unfold during the coming year, we’re continuing the discussion on what we think TriplePundit readers should watch out for as governments and the private sector scramble to decarbonize the economy. Read on for the top trends in renewable energy. Wind and solar, perfect together One strategy

Short-term exposure to air pollution linked with hospital admissions

Hospitalizations for several common diseases—including septicemia (serious bloodstream infection), fluid and electrolyte disorders, renal failure, urinary tract infections, and skin and tissue infections—have been linked for the first time with short-term exposure to fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5), according to a comprehensive new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition, the study found that

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A Health Breakthrough that Depends on People, Not Drugs

A surprisingly effective way to help improve Americans’ health can be found in a place you’d least expect—the Woodhill Homes public housing complex in Cleveland. That’s where I meet Marilyn Burns in the lobby of a community center the day after she hosted an arts festival for neighborhood children. She recounts the highlights: African drummers,

It’s time for company directors to step up on sustainability

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) measures are seen as critical for long-term business success. ESG ecosystems must be tailored to their local market, with consideration to cultural and economic differences. Boards of directors should be driving the ESG agenda of their companies. We are living in unprecedented times: geopolitical tensions are increasingly acute; the global

5 Tips for Entrepreneurs Looking to Create a Movement

In today’s work environment, it’s no longer enough to simply bring home a paycheck. In a survey of millennial and Gen-Z workers conducted by Deloitte, three-quarters of those interviewed said they believe that multinational corporations are in a position to solve the vasty array of economic, social and environmental challenges facing the world. The importance of companies having

61% of Americans say there’s too much economic inequality in the U.S.

A majority of Americans agree that the unequal distribution of income and opportunity in the U.S. has gotten to be too much. Economic inequality in the U.S. is rising. It has increased exponentially since the 1980s, according to a new Pew Research Center report on the topic. In 1980, the households that ranked in the top

Geographers find tipping point in deforestation

University of Cincinnati geography researchers have identified a tipping point for deforestation that leads to rapid forest loss. Geography professor Tomasz Stepinski used high-resolution satellite images from the European Space Agency to study landscapes in 9-kilometer-wide blocks across every inch of the planet between 1992 and 2015. He found that deforestation occurs comparatively slowly in

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How impact investing could help countries recover from natural disasters

People often believe that natural disasters won’t happen to them, but life has many surprises. A hurricane, tornado or flood can quickly turn one’s life and home upside down. It’s not always possible for residents to prepare for these occurrences, which makes rebuilding a challenge. However, people don’t have to be left out in the

Employee Shareholders Have Alternatives To Manage Their Pre-IPO Stock

Over the past 30 years of my career in startups, I have assumed the role of an investor, employee, executive and board member — all of which have been incentivized and compensated by varying levels of private company stock and options. This has provided me with incredible insights into the complexities of stock and option

Half of Americans Get What Financial Success Really Means

About 48% of those surveyed consider this achievement a sure sign of success. How do you define success? When Northwestern Mutual conducted its 2019 Planning & Progress Study, it asked people to pick five attributes that they feel are signs of success. The top two answers came as no surprise: spending quality time with family and