January 2017

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LAWMAKERS IN IRELAND VOTE TO DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS

Ireland could become the first country in the world to entirely divest its sovereign wealth fund from coal, oil and gas, Climate Home reports. Lawmakers were overwhelmingly split in favour of the €8 billion Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to exit holdings in coal, oil and gas...

FINANCE MATTERS INTERVIEW WITH ILAN GANOT, FOUNDER & CEO AT SOLID BIOSCIENCES

Bio Name: Ilan Ganot Base: Cambridge, Massachusetts Position: Founder and CEO, Solid Biosciences Tenure: 3 years Global issue you care most about: Muscular dystrophy Ilan left his life a hedge fund banker at JPMorgan in London to create a new business aimed at developing drugs for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. His son's...

COMPLETE TRANSITION TO CARBON & SOLAR POSSIBLE WITHIN A GENERATION

Besides the heartwarming scenes from Women's Marches around the globe yesterday, there are other reasons to feel hopeful about the state of the planet: Chris Goodall argues in the Guardian Sustainable Business that we now have the technology to make a complete transition from carbon to...

GLOBAL BANKS MAKING SLOW PROGRESS ON CLIMATE RISKS

A report released today by Boston Common Asset Management looks at how 28 of the world's largest banks are managing climate-related risks. It finds that while many banks are now conducting carbon footprinting and environmental stress-tests, they largely fail to use their own climate data...

FINANCE MATTERS INTERVIEW WITH JP MORGAN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, RONALD CHOI

Bio Name: Ronald Choi Base: Tokyo, Japan Position: Executive Director, JPMorgan Tenure: 7 years Global issue you care most about: Disaster relief   Ronald has been donating both his time and project-execution skills to multiple JPM-sponsored schemes for rebuilding infrastructure and facilities in Japan for communities that were impacted by the Fukushima...

BUSINESSES & INVESTORS CALL ON TRUMP: DON’T IGNORE CLIMATE CHANGE

More than 600 leading businesses and financial institutions have signed an open letter to urge president-elect Donald Trump to take action on climate change. The release of the letter coincides with the start of the Senate hearings to confirm his cabinet nominees, many of whom...

COAL-FIRED POWER GENERATION FALLS TO RECORD LOW IN THE UK

Let's start the new year with some good news: The UK generated more electricity from wind than from coal power plants for the first time in 2016, according to energy analysts. Electricity generated from coal accounted for 9.2 per cent of the total energy market last...

GENDER GAP CLOSES FOR MILLENNIALS, TO OPEN BACK UP IN THEIR 30s

A new report from the Resolution Foundation finds that the gender pay gap for millennials in their 20s has shrunk to just 5 per cent, according to Blue & Green Tomorrow. However, any progress is threatened by signs which indicate that as women reach their...