Category: Climate

Cambium is building a recycled wood supply chain

The global demand for wood could grow by 54% between 2010 and 2050, according to a study by the World Resources Institute. While some building materials like steel get consistently recycled back into the supply chain, wood does not. Cambium hopes to fix that. Cambium looks to build the supply chain that keeps wood from […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

DCVC wanted to raise $500M for its first climate fund, but the market had other plans

DCVC’s target for its first climate-focused fund, DCVC Climate Select, has been all over the place and highlights the roller coaster venture fundraising conditions of the last few years, and how LPs aren’t as quick to back new strategies from established managers. The Silicon Valley VC firm launched the fund in December 2022 with a […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Photoncycle targets low-cost energy storage with a clever hydrogen solution

For years, the solar energy sector has grappled with interseasonal energy storage. The ability to harness the surplus solar energy of summer months for use during the winter has remained an elusive goal, with existing solutions like batteries falling short due to prohibitive costs and limited lifespans. Hydrogen, meanwhile, despite its clean-burning properties, has been […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

World Fund closes first €300M climate tech fund, seeking to follow on and back hardware

After a three-year fund-raise, World Fund has finally closed a €300 million first fund, €50 million short of it’s target in 2021, but still a considerable number given a background of war and economic uncertainty. The VC originally emerged from the founders of the Ecosia independent search engine, where search enquiries funded the planting of […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Foundation-backed climate lawsuits require transparency

Over the last decade, more than 20 cities, counties, and states have bought into a misguided effort to drive climate policy by filing lawsuits. In lieu of passing environmental laws, they seek to impose policy by holding oil and gas companies liable in civil court for the effects of climate change.  As you might expect, the impetus to join a highly experimental — and to…

Farm to Feed is cutting food loss and creating data platform to better farm outcomes

Globally, a third of the food produced is lost or wasted, and in Kenya, that figure stands at between 20% to 40%. For Kenya, unlike the developed world, food loss, not waste, is the greater problem, with small-scale farmers, who account for 75% of the total agricultural output in the country, facing a myriad of […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

India’s electric two-wheeler startups surge to over 150 as government revs up EV push

The number of startups in India’s electric two-wheeler market has surged to over 150 from 54 in 2021, driven by government incentives to promote clean vehicles and cut oil imports, according to a new analysis. The influx has intensified competition in a segment expected to grow 15-20 times to annual sales of 15-20 million units […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Mars could be creating ‘giant whirlpools’ deep within our planet’s oceans

A photo montage shows Mars (left) which some scientists say can influence Earth’s ocean currents, like the eddies seen here off the coast of Ireland (right). NASA/Getty Images; Norman Kuring/NASA GSFC; Business Insider The gravitational pull Mars exerts on Earth may be strong enough to impact ocean currents. The red planet can cause deep-sea currents to change over a 2.4 million-year cycle, a study said….

Backed by Leonardo DiCaprio, YC alum SolarMente wants to help democratize solar power in Spain

Barcelona-based cleantech startup SolarMente recently added Leonardo DiCaprio to its cap table, hence becoming the actor’s and activist’s first investment in the country. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. Go to Source

Saildrone’s first aluminum Surveyor autonomous vessel splashes down for Navy testing

Ocean intelligence company Saildrone has just put the first of a new generation of Surveyor autonomous vessels in the water: an aluminum version that the Navy is keen to take advantage of. But don’t worry — they aren’t putting guns on them. Founder and CEO Richard Jenkins told TechCrunch that the demand for vessels like […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Satellite to measure methane pollution set to launch from California

A new satellite designed to track global methane pollution is set to launch from California on Monday, taking the next step toward a goal of increasing accountability for some of the world’s largest polluters and reducing greenhouse gas emissions overall. The satellite, MethaneSAT, was developed by a subsidiary of the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) over six years. It will observe and track total methane…

Turns out you can use kombucha to make eco-friendly thread

It’s not everyday you come across kombucha playing a starring role in potential industrial disruption. But here at 4YFN in MWC we got chatting to Laura Freixas about her PhD research project that’s using a base of the fermented hipster tea to “upcycle” organic waste into filaments. Once processed these biodegradable threads can be knitted […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Hohm Energy to scale adoption of rooftop solar across South Africa, backed by $8M seed

In the face of South Africa’s worsening energy crisis, marked by increasingly severe power shortages, implementing daily electricity rationing has become imperative to avert the risk of a nationwide grid collapse. According to the state-owned power generator Eskom, the country witnesses a significant power deficit, surpassing 6,000 megawatts on occasion. This situation is similar in […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Varaha helps Indian farmers reduce climate-harming practices like burning crop residue and flooding rice fields

Varaha has attacted investor interest as an end-to-end developer for carbon credits that it generates by working with thousands of smallholder farmers yielding crops on a total land of over 700,000 acres across India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Kenya. The voluntary carbon offset market will reach $250 billion by 2050 from $2 billion in 2020, according […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

How Neara uses AI to protect utilities from extreme weather

Over the past few decades, extreme weather events have not only become more severe, but are also occurring more frequently. Neara is focused on enabling utility companies and energy providers to create models of their power networks and anything that might affect them, like wildfires or flooding. The Redfern, New South Wales, Australia-based startup recently […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Roam raises $24M to scale electric vehicle production in Kenya

Roam, an EV startup based in Kenya, has raised $24 million in a Series A round, including up to $10 million debt commitment from the U.S International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), to scale the production of electric motorcycles and buses. Equator, an Africa-focused climate tech VC fund, led the round, which also had the participation […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Rally Cap VC, a fintech investor for emerging markets, spins out $5M climate fund

Last year, Amini, a Kenya-based climate tech startup using data from satellites to offer insights on crop health and track farming progress, announced pre-seed and seed rounds six months apart. Not only did the startup manage to raise rounds in quick succession, which was commonplace a few years back but now rare even for early-stage […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

BlueLayer is building the operating system for carbon project developers

Meet BlueLayer, a new European startup that is building a software platform specifically designed for carbon project developers. In particular, BlueLayer wants to help these companies manage their carbon credits at scale. While the best way to prevent carbon emissions is by decarbonizing supply chains, carbon credits will also play a role in the coming […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…