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Richard Heinberg: What If Preventing Collapse Isn't Profitable?

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It’s out with the old and in with, if not something completely new, something very different. This week on Sea Change Radio, we mark the end of the Trump reign of terror with a look to the future with author Richard Heinberg, a senior fellow at the Post-Carbon Institute. We discuss his ideas for the incoming Biden Administration, analyze some fundamental flaws in our current economic system, and look at the upside of the economic downturn in terms of CO2 emissions.

GRI Backs EU Proposal for Separate Pillar on Non-Financial Reporting

Plans for EFRAG to broaden role requires establishment of a professional sustainability standard setting function
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As part of the European Commission review of the Non-financial Reporting Directive (NFRD), it is exploring how new European sustainability standards could be created and managed.  

The Commission has asked the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) to consider the changes needed to its governance, if it were to take on responsibility for creating non-financial reporting standards. Until now, EFRAG’s remit has been to advise on financial standards only.

OpEd: Beyond Biden: Climate Investing in 2021

Deirdre Cooper, Portfolio Manager and Co-Head of Thematic Equity for Ninety One
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The following letter has published as an OpEd in Investment Week; minor edits were made for additional distribution.

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The following letter has published as an OpEd in Investment Week; minor edits were made for additional distribution.

Bloomberg and Rockefeller Asset Management Launch ESG Improvers Index

New multi-factor index utilizes the Rockefeller ESG Improvers ScoreTM to provide differentiated ESG factor exposure, offering potential to outperform market-cap weighted indices
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NEW YORK, January 20, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Bloomberg and Rockefeller Asset Management today announced the launch of the Bloomberg Rockefeller U.S. All Cap Multi-Factor ESG Improvers Index, available through the Bloomberg Terminal. The index combines Bloomberg’s renowned risk model, data, and index capabilities with 40 years of ESG expertise from Rockefeller Asset Management. Unlike other ESG indices that emphasize screening around ESG leaders or laggards, this index ranks a company’s improvement in performance on material ESG issues relative to industry peers.

How Will America's Environmental Initiatives Change Under President Biden?

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We’re coming off a year that was defined by transformative and disruptive change. Now there is plenty more on the horizon with a new presidential administration taking office here in 2021.

What should environment, health, safety, and sustainability professionals expect as America welcomes new leadership in the White House? Will the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris lead to increased federal emphasis on environmental initiatives? It seems very likely.

New CAD 1bn CAB 2028 Is the Largest-ever Maple Green Bond

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Proceeds from Climate Awareness Bonds are allocated to EIB’s lending to activities contributing substantially to climate change mitigation in line with evolving EU sustainable finance legislation. The so-called EU Taxonomy Regulation, aiming to ‘establish the criteria for determining whether an economic activity is environmentally sustainable’, entered into force in July 2020.

Eight Awardees Announced as Part of $10 Million data.org Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge

Funding and support from data.org will facilitate data-driven projects for social impact around the world
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NEW YORK, January 20, 2021 /3BL Media/ – data.org has announced the eight global awardees of the $10 million Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge.

20 C-Suite Sustainability Champions for 2021

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Mauricio Gutierrez, CEO, NRG; Houston

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Gutierrez is wise to the macro trends that favor clean energy, and has called sustainability "the glue that keeps all of our stakeholders working together toward a common goal with purpose." In 2019, Gutierrez issued a new goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, expecting to reach it halfway by 2025.

Rockwell Automation Gives $3 Million to Fight for the Health, Education, and Financial Stability of People in Greater Cleveland and Greater Milwaukee

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At the close of 2020, Rockwell Automation was proud to contribute more than $3 million to United Way agencies serving the greater Cleveland area in Ohio and Milwaukee and Waukesha counties in southeast Wisconsin.

Victory Hemp Launches Campaign to Finance Regenerative Hemp Production

CrowdFarming Allows Everyday People to Invest in Sustainable Farming
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Victory Hemp has partnered with Steward, the world's first CrowdFarming platform™, to launch a campaign to finance regenerative hemp grain production. Crowdfunding through Steward is set up as a loan, not a donation, so everyday people can invest in sustainable agriculture and earn healthy returns. 

Visit the Steward project page now to read the details of this compelling story, including the challenges that regenerative hemp farmers are experiencing with the U.S. banking industry, and to learn of the lending opportunities available through this campaign (the minimum investment is $100). 

https://gosteward.com/projects/victory-hemp-foods/financing-u-s-regenerative-hemp-grain-production

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Victory Hemp has partnered with Steward, the world's first CrowdFarming platform™, to launch a campaign to finance regenerative hemp grain production. Crowdfunding through Steward is set up as a loan, not a donation, so everyday people can invest in sustainable agriculture and earn healthy returns. 

Visit the Steward project page now to read the details of this compelling story, including the challenges that regenerative hemp farmers are experiencing with the U.S. banking industry, and to learn of the lending opportunities available through this campaign (the minimum investment is $100). 

https://gosteward.com/projects/victory-hemp-foods/financing-u-s-regenerative-hemp-grain-production

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