How Renewable Energy Can Save Us from Climate Change

Renewable energy is power generated from sources that are adequately replenished. It includes solar energy, wind energy, hydroelectric, tides, biomass, and geothermal heat. Some sources also consider hydrogen and fuel cells as a form of renewable energy.

Renewable energy should not be confused with alternative energy. The difference is that alternative energy specifically avoids fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas, and coal. It doesn’t harm the environment or add greenhouse gases that add to global warming. For example, wood burning is not alternative energy because it leads to deforestation and adds greenhouse gases. But it is a source of biomass renewable energy in that new trees can be grown.

Hydroelectric power is both renewable and alternative. But many in the environment movement frown on reliance on this source. It can disturb salmon runs, endangering not only the salmon but also the orcas and bears that feed on them. It also uses massive quantities of cement which emits greenhouse gases in its production. Continue reading “How Renewable Energy Can Save Us from Climate Change”

5 Ways to Make Money With Investments In Agriculture

There are many reasons to invest in agriculture: it is a low-risk investment that keeps pace with inflation and increases in value over the long-term, it is a tangible asset that provides benefit to the community, and it can diversify a portfolio. But how exactly does an investment like this make money?

Depending on the investment and the type of farm, investors can profit through several different ways.

We’ve covered five of the most common ways agriculture generates returns below. Continue reading “5 Ways to Make Money With Investments In Agriculture”

The world’s largest offshore wind farm is nearly complete

London (CNN Business)The world’s largest offshore wind farm is taking shape off the east coast of Britain, a landmark project that demonstrates one way to combat climate change at scale.

Located 120 kilometers (75 miles) off England’s Yorkshire coast, Hornsea One will produce enough energy to supply 1 million UK homes with clean electricity when it is completed in 2020.

The project spans an area that’s bigger than the Maldives or Malta, and is located farther out to sea than any other wind farm.It consists of 174 seven-megawatt wind turbines, with towers that are each nearly 100 meters tall. The blades cover an area bigger than the London Eye observation wheel as they turn. Continue reading “The world’s largest offshore wind farm is nearly complete”

Sustainable investment funds surpass $1 trillion for the first time

Assets under management in funds that abide by environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles have surpassed $1 trillion for the first time on record, according to data compiled by Morningstar.

It comes after net inflows of $71.1 billion between April of June this year, driven by growing investor interest in sustainable investment funds in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Governments around the world have been stepping up their support for green projects in recent years, both through regulation and through fiscal spending,” analysts at UBS said in a research note published on Tuesday. Continue reading “Sustainable investment funds surpass $1 trillion for the first time”

Why Sustainable Forestry Is a Good Investment

A decade ago, 100,000 volunteers from the Senegalese villages of Casamance and Siné Saloum joined together to replant 80 million mangrove trees, the world’s largest mangrove restoration program. Ten years later, the mangroves have sequestered more than 160,000 tons of carbon, the equivalent of taking more than 100,000 cars off the road every year. The restored coastal ecosystem better supports wildlife and local livelihoods, bringing villagers an additional 4,200 tons of fish, shrimp and oysters yearly. About 95% of villagers believe that the project has had a positive impact on their lives. Continue reading “Why Sustainable Forestry Is a Good Investment”

Invest In Agriculture- 5 Reasons To Start Today

I can think of no better asset to own during any kind of financial crisis than farmland or investing in agriculture stocks.

In some ways, farmland is even better than gold or silver. At least farmland is an intrinsically useful thing. It provides a tangible yield in the form of good things from the earth. We all have to eat. As consumers trim their sails, they ‘ll give up a lot before they give up their calorie intake. In fact, worldwide, the per capita calorie intake is likely to rise, while quality soil will become a scarce commodity. Altogether, I see five big reasons why agriculture investments are as good as green gold Continue reading “Invest In Agriculture- 5 Reasons To Start Today”

Save on tax and save the planet

In turbulent political and economic times, many investors are attracted to physical, tangible assets that promise some sort of protection against inflation, upheaval in the financial system, or political change (or often, all three at once). Gold is one such “real asset”; property is another. But while most of us probably have some exposure to property, and many  readers will already own gold, there’s one “real” asset you perhaps haven’t considered forestry. Investing in woodland might sound like a hassle (it can be), or only for those who are aiming to pass their wealth to the next generation (it certainly has its uses on that front). But if you are looking to diversify your portfolio and plan to invest for the long run, it’s an asset class that you shouldn’t ignore. Continue reading “Save on tax and save the planet”

Clean energy investment & economic development go hand-in-hand

For years, there has been a running narrative that conservatives are not committed to addressing our real and pressing climate challenges.

That is, in part, because the conversation has been dominated by those on the far left who advocate for extreme environmental policies that fail to account for the harsh economic consequences that would inevitably result.

What we have heard less frequently are the conversations about environmental solutions that both drive clean energy innovation and support economic development.

But those conversations are happening every day here in Arizona, and those solutions are supported by a wide swath of Arizona voters, including conservatives.

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, a conservative organization advancing clean energy policies, and The Western Way, a free-market conservation organization, recently released the results of a poll showing that a majority of Republican voters in Arizona believe climate change is a serious problem and strongly favor investment in the renewable energy sector. Continue reading “Clean energy investment & economic development go hand-in-hand”

ESG funds & sustainable investing

Are you interested in investing based on your personal principles? If so, you might want to consider sustainable investing.

In the past, some investors have avoided sustainable investing strategies for fear of sacrificing performance. Yet numerous studies have not concluded that incorporating sustainable investing factors results in a negative impact on performance. Additionally, the growth in sustainable investing vehicles has been substantial, providing investors with an increasing number of opportunities to potentially find investments that align with their goals. The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance estimates there has been a 34% increase over the past 2 years in global sustainable investing assets under management, reaching $30.7 trillion. Growth has been particularly strong in Japan, as well as in the US, where sustainable investing assets have soared 38% since 2016 to nearly $12 trillion (see Sustainable investing growth in the United States). Continue reading “ESG funds & sustainable investing”

What is Sustainable Energy

Sustainability: According to the United Nations (the UN’s Brundtland Commission popularized the term in 1987), sustainability is defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” True sustainability is when everyone, everywhere can meet their basic needs forever.

Using the above definition for sustainability, sustainable energy is energy that meets the needs of the present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable energy is about finding clean, renewable sources of energy—sources that renew themselves, rather than sources that can be depleted. Continue reading “What is Sustainable Energy”