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Vibrant Planet raises $15M Series A to help PG&E and others trim their wildfire risk

Are enough people taking the climate threat seriously that a startup focused on wildfire management could succeed? The answer appears to be yes.

At One Ventures’ $375M new fund shows climate tech is still hot

The 3-year-old venture capital firm raised more money than it expected for its second fund, suggesting that limited partners are warming to climate tech.

Osmoses gets $11M seed to bring its molecule-scale membranes to the hydrogen market

Today, membrane gas separation represents a relatively small part of the market. But with calls to decarbonize heavy industry, that could change.

How much carbon pollution is in your product? Muir AI raises $3.25M seed to answer that question

Everything from materials to manufacturing and distribution leaves a carbon footprint, and not all vendors report their emissions.

How to raise a Series A in today’s market

Three investors shared their perspectives on what’s changed, what’s working today, and what advice they’re giving founders at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt.

Rick Fox wants his concrete startup’s carbon credits to subsidize down payments for homeowners

Plenty of companies sell carbon credits, but Rick Fox wants to use them to help lower the cost of acquiring a home made of Partanna’s concrete blocks.

LimeLoop’s sleek reusable mailers seek to replace cardboard boxes

The startup’s smart mailers are reusable dozens of times, reducing the carbon footprint by 90% compared with cardboard boxes.

Will the American Climate Corps program be enough to meet the wave of jobs coming up in climate tech?

The White House is launching a training program that promises to prepare 20,000 people for a range of jobs across climate tech and ecosystem restoration.

Electrified Thermal Solutions’ e-bricks could be key to decarbonizing heavy industry

Heavy industry relies on fossil fuels not just for power, but heat. Thermal batteries could help make electrification a reality for those companies.

Do Apple’s environmental claims live up to its own highly polished hype?

Apple has made some bold claims about its environmental impact. Can the new Series 9 watch live up to them?

Treefera raises $2.2M to solve the carbon credits credibility problem with AI

The company is building an AI-enabled data platform for companies that want to know more about the carbon credits they buy.

Apple Watch Series 9 is the company’s first carbon-neutral product

In addition to the usual spec bumps and new bands, Apple had another announcement to make at the launch of its Series 9 Watch.

Our favorite startups from YC’s Summer 2023 Demo Day, Day 1

What follows are our favorites from the first day’s pitches, listed in no particular order.

Refiberd sews up $3.4M seed round to use its AI to tackle textile waste

AI is nothing new in the recycling industry, but Refiberd’s approach appears to break fresh ground both in its application to textile recycling and hyperspectral imagery.

7 founders explain what fusion power needs to go mainstream

If the 2020s are going to be the decade of AI, then the 2030s could be the decade of fusion power. That is, if the sector’s startups are able to deliver.

Advanced Ionics nets $12.5M Series A to inject green hydrogen into heavy industry

Advanced Ionics hopes its more efficient approach to using electrolysis will give it an unfair advantage in producing hydrogen.

7 founders and CEOs discuss fusion power’s most pressing challenges

Capital is pouring into the sector at an opportune time, as fusion power startups can now make rapid gains thanks to a convergence of factors.

One company’s quest to eliminate battery fires

For automakers and their suppliers, the advantages would be significant.

Is JPMorgan turning a corner on climate finance?

JPMorgan Chase doesn’t have the best reputation in the climate sector. But there’s some evidence to suggest the bank is turning a corner.

It’s official: LK-99 isn’t a room-temperature superconductor

Latest room-temperature superconductor claims offer a lesson in how to spot sketchy science.
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