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The Troubling Oil Money Behind Dartmouth’s New Energy Institute

To create a new institute focused on society’s pressing energy problems, Dartmouth has accepted $80 million from a powerful oil family surrounded by controversy. Such a gift seriously undermines the credibility of such an institute. [...]

September 23, 2016 Science & Environment
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Can Philanthropy Spur the Massive Climate Finance the Developing World Needs?

There’s perhaps no bigger climate-related challenge than the trillions in clean energy and sustainability investments needed in developing countries. How can private philanthropy possibly make a dent? [...]

June 10, 2016 Science & Environment
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‘Extremes Are Becoming the Norm.’ Why Water is the Next Big Issue For Philanthropy

There’s perhaps no bigger climate-related challenge than the trillions in clean energy and sustainability investments needed in developing countries. How can private philanthropy possibly make a dent?  [...]

May 9, 2016 Science & Environment
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Tom Steyer’s Climate Fight Marches On, But Will Young People Follow?

Tom Steyer is in the climate fight for the long haul. His NextGen Climate is emphasizing people power in 2016, raising the question—will young people rally behind a billionaire donor? [...]

April 28, 2016 Science & Environment
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The Goldman Winners Are Inspiring—Too Bad Such Bold and Diverse Work is Underfunded

The exciting work of the Goldman Prize winners should be an eye-opener to environmental funders. They reflect a level of diversity and grassroots activism in marginalized communities that is sadly lacking in green philanthropy. [...]

April 21, 2016 Science & Environment
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Interstellar Philanthropy: A $100M Mission to Alpha Centauri

Firing thousands of tiny spacecraft traveling 20 percent of the speed of light to Alpha Centauri using a massive laser beam is an astounding mission proposal. But Yuri Milner’s latest privately funded science initiative also ventures into some new frontiers [...]

April 13, 2016 Science & Environment
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After Paris Climate Summit, it’s Time for the Wealthy to Step Up

Climate negotiations wrapping up this week in Paris mark an unprecedented moment of global action and momentum on climate change. They also reveal our utter, collective failure on the issue. That combination only reaffirms that now is the time for [...]

December 10, 2015 Science & Environment
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Sorry Bill Gates, But Billions for Energy Research Is Not How to Win the Climate Battle

Originally published in Inside Philanthropy, December 4, 2015. [...]

December 4, 2015 Science & Environment
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A Pitch to Billionaire Climate Donors: You Made the Pledge; Let’s Get To It

Originally published in Inside Philanthropy on October 12, 2015. [...]

October 12, 2015 Science & Environment
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NY Parks Lawsuit Challenges Privatization of Public Spaces

Originally published July 2, 2015 on Inside Philanthropy.  When news broke about Barry Diller’s plan for a new park and entertainment venue to hover over the Hudson River, we were among the voices saying that it goes too far. Now [...]

July 2, 2015 Science & Environment