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The age of climate extremes: Crises, cascades and comfort zones
20 Oct 2021
The latest assessments from climate scientists suggest some geographical zones that have been lived in for thousands of years are becoming uncomfortably hot and fire-prone or wet and vulnerable to flooding. How will humanity adapt to new extremes? Rick Stathers assesses the evidence.
Cleaning up: Transforming finance for a net zero-world
20 Oct 2021
To align with net-zero emissions targets, the financial system needs a radical transformation. Can it get there and, if it does, what should it look like in 2050?
Counting emissions and accounting omissions: The struggle to measure, monitor and manage corporate net-zero efforts
19 Oct 2021
Internalise the climate externality. That is the major task facing policymakers and corporate executives. However, this requires accurate measurement and incorporation into financial accounts and neither are straightforward.
50 shades of green
18 Oct 2021
With the noise and interest in ESG investing reaching levels that would have been unthinkable a few short years ago, much of the analysis surrounding it is becoming polarised. A more sophisticated conversation and debate is required, argues Mark Versey.
Law and climate: Using the legal stick to accelerate change
15 Oct 2021
Energy majors, cement producers, utilities and financial services providers are among the latest targets of legal action designed to make them move faster towards a lower carbon world. Could this be an inflection point, as the conversation turns to specific responsibilities rather than vague commitments to change?
Without a global finance plan, the climate moonshot will fail
13 Oct 2021
If the world is to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, the international financial architecture needs far stronger coordination under a re-tooled OECD, writes Steve Waygood.
Regulatory shifts in China: A new fork in the road?
12 Oct 2021
Investors in China should view recent interventions by the government in the context of its history and longer-term strategic ambitions, argues Amy Kam.
From outside-in to inside-out: Transforming finance for impact
8 Oct 2021
To meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, finance must embrace a holistic approach to managing its impact on the environment. Eric Usher, head of UNEP FI, talks to AIQ about this shift in focus and the importance of public and private sector collaboration.
Actions and words: An interview with Dale Vince
6 Oct 2021
The prominent climate change campaigner and founder of green energy supplier Ecotricity discusses biogas, the energy crisis and the need for a shake-up in government policy to achieve net zero in a wide-ranging interview with AIQ. Words by Miles Costello.
The climate wars: Why rising temperatures mean rising conflict
23 Sep 2021
With tensions set to rise further as disputes over scarce resources intensify, we look at the geopolitical, economic and investment implications.
The AIQ Podcast: China's tech crackdown
21 Sep 2021
China’s regulators are taking swift, radical action against tech companies they consider to be too big and powerful. How should foreign investors respond?
Crisis or opportunity of a lifetime? Rethinking the future of the planet
7 Sep 2021
Will a world beset with challenges spin into catastrophic breakdown or spur humanity to change and reach new heights? John Elkington, widely regarded as the ‘godfather of sustainability’, contemplates the future with AIQ.