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Planet, People Concerns Driving Investors Towards Impact

Concerns about health care and climate change are driving an increase in impact investing, according to a recent study by American Century Investments, a global asset manager based in Kansas City. The highest percentage of United States respondents, 30%, said healthcare and disease prevention and cures mattered the most to them for impact investing. The environment and

The ‘Greta effect’ is changing investment patterns

Prominent figures like Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough have thrown the urgent threat of climate change into the international spotlight, but when it comes to driving actual policy change, it seems to be falling on deaf ears. According to the head of the World Resources Institute, the efforts of the major economies are falling “woefully short”

Climate change is impacting population health

Last week, medical and healthcare students across the world stood in solidarity with the global youth climate strike. We are increasingly concerned about the harmful impact of the climate crisis on the health of our patients and the population. Therefore, as both students and future healthcare professionals, we made the decision to join the youth

2019-09-27T09:00:49-06:00Tags: |

‘We are unstoppable’ – what we learned at our sustainability summit in New York

In 2015, global leaders agreed on a set of 17 goals - the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - that would help to build a better world for people and the planet by 2030. So, how are we doing, and how can we speed things up a bit? These are the questions the World Economic Forum's Sustainable

While global leaders messed around, Greta Thunberg and 15 kids got down to business

The United Nations’ secretary-general António Guterres wanted international leaders to bring plans, not speeches to the Climate Action Summit being held in New York today. Greta Thunberg and 15 other young people don’t seem to have much faith in these plans. On Monday, hours after Thunberg addressed assembled leaders at the summit’s opening ceremony, the group of

Climate change moves to top of investors’ list of ESG issues

As institutional investors spend an increasing amount of time thinking about environmental, social and governance risks and strategies for dealing with them, the issue of climate change continues to push its way to the top of the list. According to the U.S. SIF Foundation's biennial Report on U.S. Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends, released

Freaked out about the future of the planet? Don’t let fear ruin your finances

“Do ETFs, REITs and mutual funds still make sense to invest in if the planet won’t survive ’til our retirement?” So read an Instagram DM from a friend earlier this year. The reasoning was fairly clear: A recent report from the United Nations indicates that climate change is harming the world’s food supply to a catastrophic degree,

Climate change to shrink economies

Prevailing economic research anticipates the burden of climate change falling on hot or poor nations. Some predict that cooler or wealthier economies will be unaffected or even see benefits from higher temperatures. However, a new study co-authored by researchers from the University of Cambridge suggests that virtually all countries -- whether rich or poor, hot

2019-08-26T03:35:22-06:00Tags: |

Sustainability: The Key To Future Business Growth

Businesses across the globe have recognized that embracing sustainability is no longer a choice. They realize that they need to be mindful of their operations in order to maintain overall profitability. Climate change is one of the most imminent threats that has unprecedented implications on how people live, work and play. Changes in temperature and

Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns

The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself. The report, prepared by more than 100 experts from 52 countries and released in summary form in Geneva on Thursday, found that the window

Fastest climate warming than in the last 2,000 years’

Many people have a clear picture of the "Little Ice Age" (from approx. 1300 to 1850). It's characterized by paintings showing people skating on Dutch canals and glaciers advancing far into the alpine valleys. That it was extraordinarily cool in Europe for several centuries is proven by a large number of temperature reconstructions using tree

2019-07-25T06:05:07-06:00Tags: |

Could climate change make Siberia more habitable?

Large parts of Asian Russia could become habitable by the late 21st century due to climate change, new research has found. A study team from the Krasnoyarsk Federal Research Center, Russia, and the National Institute of Aerospace, USA, used current and predicted climate scenarios to examine the climate comfort of Asian Russia and work out

2019-07-02T09:50:57-06:00Tags: |

The Business of sustainability: is the world of finance ready to go green?

Investors are increasingly keen on putting their money into sustainable projects. From the traditional greenwashing, they’re shifting to a real investment, with the perspective of making profits, and helping the Planet survive. Investing in “dirty” sectors has become riskier, and at a medium-long term, everyone agrees that there’s no future in keeping polluting the Earth.

World faces ‘climate apartheid’ risk, 120 more million in poverty

Climate change “threatens to undo the last 50 years” of development, global health and poverty reduction, a United Nations expert said on Tuesday, citing the risk of a new era of “climate apartheid” where the rich buy their way out of rising heat and hunger. “Even if current targets are met, tens of millions will

Climate change and microbes

More than 30 microbiologists from 9 countries have issued a warning to humanity – they are calling for the world to stop ignoring an ‘unseen majority’ in Earth’s biodiversity and ecosystem when addressing climate change. ‘Scientist’s warning to humanity: microorganisms and climate change’ was published today in the journal Nature Reviews Microbiology. Professor Rick Cavicchioli,

2019-06-20T07:16:12-06:00Tags: |

10 ways to accelerate progress against climate change

Climate scientists told us late last year in the National Climate Assessment that the United States is already experiencing severe and costly impacts of a changing climate. In a separate United Nations report released in October, scientists reported that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would require a gargantuan global effort — and that we have roughly 12 years to

Global warming may boost economic inequality

Over the past half-century, climate change has been blamed for heat waves, flooding, and rising seas. Now, researchers say warmer temperatures are widening the chasm separating richer and poorer countries, effectively boosting the economies of many wealthy polluters while dampening growth in much of the developing world. As a result, inequality between the haves and

Changes in rainfall have already impacted water quality

Changes in temperature and precipitation have already impacted the amount of nitrogen introduced into U.S. waterways, according to new research from a team of three Carnegie ecologists published this week in Environmental Science & Technology. Nitrogen from agriculture and other human activities washes into waterways, which, in excess, creates a dangerous phenomenon called eutrophication. This

2019-04-25T06:35:09-06:00Tags: |