Scientists set out how to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

By Anne workforce / September 19, 2019

Strong civil society movements are needed to ramp up pace of change, says study

Greenhouse gas emissions could be halved in the next decade if a small number of current technologies and behavioural trends are ramped up and adopted more widely, researchers have found, saying strong civil society movements are needed to drive such change.

Solar and wind power, now cheaper than fossil fuels in many regions, must be scaled up rapidly to replace coal-fired generation, and this alone could halve emissions from electricity generation by 2030, according to the Exponential Roadmap report from an international group of experts.

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The history of WeWork — from its first office in a SoHo building to a global company preparing for a much-hyped IPO

By Anne workforce / September 7, 2019

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WeWork parent company, The We Company, publicly filed its IPO paperwork in August.
The We Company is now considering a valuation of around $20 billion for its IPO — roughly half of the company’s $47 billion valuation from its last private round of funding — according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg on Thursday.
The company could also delay its IPO to 2020, according to The Wall Street Journal.
WeWork started as one office space in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Now it has nearly 800 locations open or coming soon in 124 cities around the world.
The We Company is composed of WeWork, WeLive (a co-living venture), WeGrow (a “conscious entrepreneurial school”), and Rise by We (a “complete wellness experience”).
Read all of Business Insider’s WeWork coverage here.

WeWork, the nine-year-old co-working-space startup, filed for its IPO in August as part of The We Company.

The We Company is considering a valuation of around $20 billion for its IPO — roughly half of the company’s $47 billion valuation from its last private round of funding — according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg on Thursday. The Journal also reported that the We Company may delay its IPO to 2020.

Founder and CEO Adam Neumann opened the first WeWork space in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City in 2010. Since then, the company has rebranded as The We Company and expanded into other ventures, including co-living subsidiary WeLive and the “conscious entrepreneurial school” WeGrow, among others.

Read on for the history of WeWork leading up to its highly anticipated IPO.

Melia Robinson originally authored this post, which has since been updated. Additional reporting by Lisa Eadicicco.

Read more: WeWork isn’t even close to being profitable — it loses $219,000 every hour of every day

WeWork founders Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey met — where else? — at the office.
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Neumann came to New York City in 2001, fresh off his service in the Israeli military. He started a company called Krawlers, which sold clothes with padded knees for crawling babies.

“We were working in the same building as my co-founder Miguel McKelvey, a lead architect at a small firm,” Neumann told Business Insider’s Maya Kosoff in 2015.

“At the time, I was misguided and putting my energy into all the wrong places,” he added.

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Neumann also had an interest in real estate — he fell in love with a vacant warehouse on Water Street while he was working in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
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In an interview with Fast Company, Neumann recalled approaching the landlord and asking for the building. The landlord said, “You’re in baby clothes. What do you know about real estate?”

Neumann said he shot right back: “Your building is empty. What do you know about real estate?”

He and his new friend McKelvey struck a deal to start a real-estate business there: Green Desk, which still exists today.


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In 2008, Green Desk became an early incarnation of WeWork. The company offered sustainable co-working spaces featuring recycled furniture, free-trade coffee, and green office supplies.

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Customers, called “members,” could rent a desk or a private office month to month. Neumann and McKelvey made money by charging more for those spaces than their lease payments.

Green Desk offered most things individuals and small companies needed: fully furnished offices, conference rooms, high-speed internet access, utilities, printing, and a stocked kitchen.

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‘Most renewable energy companies’ linked with claims of abuses in mines

By Anne workforce / September 6, 2019

Corporate watchdog urges clean-up of supply chains as analysis finds weak regulation and enforcement has led to lack of scrutiny

Most of the world’s top companies extracting key minerals for electric vehicles, solar panels and wind turbines have been linked with human rights abuses in their mines, research has found.

Analysis published by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), an international corporate watchdog, revealed that 87% of the 23 largest companies mining cobalt, copper, lithium, manganese, nickel and zinc – the six minerals essential to the renewable energy industry – have faced allegations of abuse including land rights infringements, corruption, violence or death over the past 10 years.

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Boris Johnson’s words on UK battery sector ‘not matched by action’

By Anne workforce / August 28, 2019

Open letter calls for changes to policies sector says threatens to hold green economy back

Boris Johnson’s support for Britain’s “world leading” battery sector risks being undermined by government policy, according to the industry.

A coalition of trade groups and technology firms have written an open letter to the Guardian that calls for urgent changes to policies they say threaten to hold the sector back.

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Mitsubishi invests in UK company to bring off-grid solar to Asia

By Anne workforce / August 28, 2019

Japanese conglomerate backs solar utility BBOXX to expand service in south Asia and Africa

A British energy firm lighting up homes in Africa with pay-as-you-go solar power has secured £40m to extend its reach to Asia with the help of Japan’s Mitsubishi.

The conglomerate has taken a stake in off-grid solar company BBOXX through the start-up’s latest funding round, which will power the Africa-focused company deeper into Asia.

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This beautiful cast iron cookware set is on sale for over 60% off

By Anne workforce / August 27, 2019


TL;DR: Snag the gorgeous Inspired Home Bel Fer cast iron enameled cookware collection for $115 in the Mashable Shop. It’s typically $299.99, so you’ll save 61%.

Cast iron cookware is a many-splendored thing. It practically defies the laws of nature by heating food evenly every time, in addition to basically outliving humans. So you can see why it’s so popular among both professional chefs and average home cooks.

While we all wish we could fill our cabinets with fancy Le Creuset pieces, there’s actually no need to break the bank to get quality cast iron cookwareThis gorgeous alternative from Inspired Home is on sale for just $115, marked down from $300, and includes two round skillets, a square grill pan, and a five-quart dutch oven with a lid.  Read more…

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