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Adapt or die. Channeling Darwin at COP

Climate-related events are growing more frequent and costly to the global economy. As well as finding ‘mitigation’ solutions that combat climate change, we also need to invest in technologies for ‘adaptation’ – or dealing with the consequences. And their evolution needs to be much faster than this Darwinian description would suggest. Let’s start with the evidence […]

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Ground Control to Major Tom : Earth Oddity or Mars Salvation?

Elon Musk is keen to have space explorers reaching the surface of Mars by 2026. Starship and Starbase are under construction and the man is on a mission. But is this whole idea only about scientific and technological prowess? Or is it a hedging strategy, since every year (barring 2020 and COVID-lockdowns) Earth Overshoot Day […]

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Anarchy in the UK? Young people taking over at Glasgow.
And at Clim8.

Day #6 at COP26 was about Youth and public empowerment. We’re fortunate to have young and talented people in our investment team supporting us in many different aspects of our jobs, and bringing valuable insights to our decision making process. They are the best-placed to express in their own words their fears and hopes. Let’s […]

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Energy is dead! Long live Energy!

CO2 = P x S x E x C. A man who became a billionaire selling software threw that linear equation to solve global warming. P = global population, S = services consumed by this population, E = energy required to power those services and C = CO2 content of this energy. Well, to get […]

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Have we ever seen a banker wearing a mask and a cape?

Unless reminded with taxpayers money bailouts in the aftermath of the 2007-08 financial crises or regular trading losses due to poor risk management, the finance industry generally likes to be associated with big numbers. And COP 26 offered them one: $130 trn. Indeed, asset owners are reported to have committed to reaching net zero (carbon) […]

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Beware of the Optics

At the Opening Ceremony on Monday, PM Johnson declared on stage “it’s one minute to midnight on that doomsday clock and we need to act now”. US President Joe Biden was apparently very eager to act, promoting an initiative that aims at reducing global methane emissions by 30% by 2030. Methane emissions have multiple sources. […]

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