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droneCanada’s deep agricultural roots are yielding a bumper crop of startups bringing drones, big data, and the Internet of Things to farming.

Fredericton, N.B. company Resson is leading the homegrown pack. It just raised $14 million in a deal led by the venture capital arm of U.S. giant Monsanto. Other investors include Build Ventures, Rho Canada Ventures, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, BDC Capital, East Valley Ventures and Canadian frozen food titan McCain Foods Ltd.

Carbon Lighthouse improves building energy efficiency to save its clients money, and to combat climate change. Stanford University, Tesla Motors, and Kilroy Realty are just several of the organizations it has worked with so far. CEO and co-founder Brenden Millstein answered some questions about its approach and technology.

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PANOS CARIBBEAN recently brought climate change response actors together in a webinar on the topic 'The Caribbean and Climate Change Adaptation in the Context of the Paris Agreement'.

The June 28 webinar, which follows the historic Earth Day signing of the new international climate deal by 174 countries in New York, has been lauded by participants who are eager for the next discussion.

France was among the worst-affected countries, with 15,000 deaths in August alone. In the UK, the summer saw more than 2,000 heat-related fatalities.

A new first-of-a-kind study works out how many of the deaths in Paris and London are down to the heatwave being intensified by human-caused climate change.

The findings suggest that 506 of the 735 summer fatalities in Paris in 2003, and 64 of the 315 in London, were a result of human influence on the climate.

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Ainsley Henry, programme manager for the regional pilot programme, said the problem of climate change is not only faced by Jamaica, but is a regional concern, and, therefore, should be tackled through integration.

"Essentially, what that is, it's a supercomputer that is going to be used by the climate studies group to do modelling on a regional level and also on a local level," Henry said

Ainsley Henry, programme manager for the regional pilot programme, said the problem of climate change is not only faced by Jamaica, but is a regional concern, and, therefore, should be tackled through integration.

"Essentially, what that is, it's a supercomputer that is going to be used by the climate studies group to do modelling on a regional level and also on a local level," Henry said

Word Bank president Jim Yong Kim visits a skills centre in India. Photo: @JimYongKim / TwitterThe World Bank wants to mobilise $1 trillion in investments to increase solar energy use around the world.

In collaboration with the International Solar Alliance (ISA), the World Bank says it wants to raise the substantial amount by 2030.

As part of an agreement signed last week (30 June), the World Bank will give the solar alliance access to its global development network and its “knowledge and financing capacity.” The India-headquartered ISA was established at last year’s climate change summit in Paris and is made up of 121 countries.

“We cannot afford to lose momentum, because with each passing day, the climate challenge grows. Record hot days and months have now become the new norm,” said World Bank president Jim Yong Kim earlier at the 2016 Climate Action summit.

This year’s Cleantech Innovation Bridge (CIB) is coming to Chicago to give large corporations and clean energy startups an opportunity to collaborate on clean energy innovation.

The program will be held on June 29, with 18 startups, including Chicago-based Agentis Energy, pitching to company executives from Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., American Electric Power, and Nicor Gas. According to the CIB, the participating startups were "carefully selected" from around the U.S. and matched with the specific innovation needs of the three corporate clients.

Toby McCartney from MacRebur and Arthur Kay from bio-bean. Winners of Virgin Media Business VOOM 2016Clean tech firms emerge as the big winners in latest VOOM start up, as Branson declares 'we need every entrepreneur out there to move into clean energy'

Clean EnergyWhen electricity gets tight, clean-tech startup Go Electric has technology its founder says can help utilities stabilize parts of the grid without requiring customers to shut things down.

“The utilities have another choice if they don’t want to turn things off,” said president and CEO Lisa Laughner. “But we’re a small company from Anderson, Ind. It’s hard to get the word out.”

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama, centre, as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on at the conclusion of a joint news conference at the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, Wednesday June 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred ChartrandCanada’s clean-technology companies say new government initiatives focused on climate change, including the North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership, are a positive step in the development and growth of the burgeoning sector.

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