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Understanding ESG
A task force convened by the Monetary Authority of Singapore has published the second version of its green and transition taxonomy. The document, which builds on the earlier taxonomy proposed by the Green Finance Industry Taskforce (GFIT) in January 2021, details threshol
20 May 2022
Europe’s pleas to energy producers in the Global South to help it reduce its dependence on Russia have probably prompted more than a few eye rolls. After all, countries across the developing world have endured years of proselytizing from Europe about the importance of making rapid progress toward a carbon-free energy future
19 May 2022
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of investors globally prefer to use active funds to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles into their portfolios, with equities (80%) over bonds (58%) being the most popular asset classes to gain ESG exposure, according to a new study. ESG adoption is now widespread, with the proportion of ESG users jumping to 89%, from 84% in 2021, Capital Group says in its ESG Global Study 2022. Asia-Pacific (APAC) saw the largest increase in ESG users of any region (to 88% from 81% in 2021).
18 May 2022
Humanity’s continuing failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has substantially increased the likelihood of global warming exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius within the coming decades. That means we must start exploring a wider set up options for mitigating the worst consequences and managing life in a warmer world
20 May 2022
HSBC has launched a US$1 billion fund for lending to female-owned businesses over the next 12 months. Along with the Female Entrepreneur Fund, the bank is also offering a programme to help female entrepreneurs scale and grow their businesses.
12 May 2022
The explosive growth of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has opened up a new front in the broader climate crisis by threatening to offset the progress made in recent years toward decarbonization. For the technology to gain wider adoption over the long term, its proponents will have to get serious about reducing its energy usage
11 May 2022
As India’s economy continues its upward growth trajectory, wealth and income inequality have become more pronounced. But the country remains less unequal than many of its peers, and rising inequality may be a small price to pay for the overall reduction in poverty.
11 May 2022
Rising public health costs and the significant global disease burden – exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic – strengthen the case for the world to move toward ecological restoration. The benefits to planetary and human health will easily justify the cost
10 May 2022
Climate action was a key topic at the recent spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. But somehow the world’s enduring failure to fulfil its climate finance commitments to developing countries did not get the attention it deserved
6 May 2022
Failure to make up for students’ significant learning losses during the pandemic could diminish their lifetime earning potential and substantially damage economic equity across the Asia-Pacific region. Governments must urgently mitigate these shortfalls by strengthening schools and social safety nets
6 May 2022
In the long run, it might be better for everyone if the fossil fuel sector were to shrink worldwide. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompting Western governments to devise energy policies that are both environmentally and geopolitically robust, that thought should help to concentrate minds
28 Apr 2022
Daisy Streatfeild has extensive related experience from her work at IIGCC, IDB, WWF
26 Apr 2022
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25 Apr 2022