appeared 6 December 2017

Earlier this year, President Trump reneged on America’s promise to voluntarily reduce carbon emissions under the Paris Agreement. Although no one believes Paris was the silver bullet to address global warming, many believe it was a necessary first step. Walking away was easy, however, because the Agreement was never approved by the Senate, and therefore was not a legally binding treaty. Yet again, government has failed to address a pressing problem.


The Economist

appeared 25 November 2017

IN 2008, when she was in her mid-20s and sitting on a $500m inheritance, Liesel Pritzker Simmons asked her bankers about “impact investing”. They fobbed her off. “They didn’t understand what I meant and offered to screen out tobacco,” recalls the Hyatt Hotels descendant, philanthropist and former child film star. So she fired her bankers and advisers and set up her own family office, Blue Haven Initiative. It seeks investments that both offer market-rate returns and have a positive impact on society and the environment. “Financially it’s sensible risk mitigation,” she says. “Our philanthropy becomes far more efficient if we don’t need to undo damage done in our investment management.”


United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP23

appeared 17 November 2017

The challenges of greening the world’s most populous nation are daunting. An estimated USD 247 billion-USD 468 billion of annual investment is needed between 2014 and 2020 to shift China’s economy toward the government’s vision of a more sustainable future. However, the opportunities are enormous too: up to 90% of the funding will have to come from the private sector.