The real reason billionaires are mad President Trump left Paris Climate Change Agreement

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Tech Billionaires Team Up to Take on climate change

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Mukesh Ambani join forces to fight climate change

Among the all-star team of investors who have come together to form the Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) fund. The fund of over $1 billion aims at fighting climate change through investments in innovations in the clean energy sector.

The fund has a 20-year duration, and is a step forward in the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a group of over 20 billionaire individuals and families unveiled at the UN Climate Change talks in Paris last year. The group’s mission is to fight climate change and global warming through innovation. “Anything that leads to cheap, clean, reliable energy we’re open-minded to,” Bill Gates, chairman of the BEV fund told Quartz.

The coalition has already partnered with Mission Innovation, through which over 20 countries and the European Union have pledged to double their clean energy research investment in five years.

Breakthrough Energy Coalition

The Coalition is a unique group that includes private investors who are patient and risk tolerant, global corporations that produce or consume energy in vast quantities, and financial institutions with the capital necessary to finance the world’s largest infrastructure projects.

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Here’s who’s joining Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos in their $1B climate change fight

Bill Gates has brought together many of the biggest names in technology to create a $1 billion investment fund focused on clean energy technologies to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Microsoft co-founder and prominent entrepreneurs including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged to invest patiently into game-changing energy technologies to mitigate global warming during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris last year.

The Breakthrough Energy Coalition, Gates said Monday, is a group of people who believe “private investment in breakthrough energy companies would be a key element not only in helping solve the climate problem, but also providing lower cost energy.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L-R), Microsoft founder and philantropist Bill Gates, US President Barack Obama, US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the ‘Mission Innovation: Accelerating the Clean Energy Revolution’ meeting at the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, 30 November 2015. The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) due to be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December will proceed as planned, despite the terrorist attacks of 13 November. The aim is to reach an international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and curtail climate change.

Follow the money: investors lead charge on climate change

An International summit Tuesday, to mark the second anniversary of the Paris Climate change agreements.

Climate Action 100 which comprises 225 investment funds, managing 26 trillion funds in assets.

President Obama (from left), French President Francois Hollande and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates applaud a speech during the Mission Innovation event at the UN conference on climate change Monday in Paris.

Meet the suits at Paris climate change talks

On Monday Richard Branson and Greenpeace chief Kumi Naidoo took part in an impromptu press conference staged by We Mean Business to attack laggards at the negotiations.

A serious show of practical backing for the climate agenda from the private sector than ever before.

“Now is the time to be courageous… post Paris we need to put a meaningful price on carbon and and fossil fuel subsidies,” Branson said.

Richard Branson: Hurricanes are the ‘start of things to come’

Climate change is real.

Island owner Richard Branson: Hurricanes ‘start of things to come’

Billionaire Virgin founder Richard Branson blasted President Trump on Tuesday for refusing to address climate change amid a string of powerful hurricanes that have lashed the United States, Caribbean and Virgin Islands in recent weeks.

“Climate change is real,” Branson said on CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday. “Ninety-nine percent of scientists know it’s real. The whole world knows it’s real except for maybe one person in the White House.”

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Sir Branson also met with his climate change foundation and, on Tuesday.

Barack Obama and Jack Ma Discuss Climate-Change Strategy

Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, and Philippine entrepreneur Aisa Mijeno, joined President Barack Obama in urging CEOs to fight climate change, at the APEC summit in Manila.

Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma delivers his speech during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France

Paris climate change talks: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and 27 other billionaires launch Breakthrough Energy Coalition fund to stop climate change

The heads of 147 states will attend the UN climate change conference in Paris – also there will be Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and and 27 other billionaires, who have pledged to fund research to develop a technical fix to the planet’s climate woes.

The Breakthrough Energy Coalition – which also includes Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Virgin’s Richard Branson and Alibaba founder Jack Ma – was announced on Monday with a promise to “invest early,invest broadly, invest boldly, invest wisely and invest together”.

175 countries have tabled proposals to stop global temperatures rising

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg talks ‘climate change’ in Glacier Park

“The impact of climate change is very clear at Glacier,” Zuckerberg said in his post.


Mark Zuckerberg speaks out about Trump’s climate announcement

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joined the chorus of tech leaders who have denounced Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

“Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children’s future at risk,” Zuckerberg said on Facebook Thursday


Bill Gates launches ‘Breakthrough Energy Coalition’ at COP21

It’s being called the billionaires’ coalition. Rubbing shoulders with the world leaders at COP21 in Paris, some high-tech gurus are adding their weight to the battle to contain climate change.

Among those who have signed up are Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Richard Branson and George Soros.


Leonardo DiCaprio awards $20 million in environmental grants

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation  announced today its largest-ever portfolio of environmental grants, increasing the organization’s total direct financial impact to over $80 million since 1998.

The new grants, $20 million to more than 100 organizations, have been awarded for wildlife and habitat conservation, to aide in the defense of indigenous rights, and to support innovative grass roots efforts aimed at combating climate change.

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