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  1. Biodiversity insight 2021

    30 November 2021
    Environmental Finance's Biodiversity Insight 2021 publication features articles and expert insight into numerous planned and active biodiversity-related initiatives occurring in the global financial sector. Each article discusses a public or private entity’s development, focus, strategy, and ambition of an initiative aiming for greater inclusion of biodiversity conservation in finance.
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  2. Climate transparency report 2021: Comparing G20 climate action towards net zero

    14 October 2021
    The Climate transparency report 2021 summarises the climate actions of G20 countries using the latest emissions data. It covers 100 indicators on decarbonisation, climate policies, finance, and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. Providing country ratings, it identifies leaders and laggards in transition to a net zero-emission economy.
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  3. Curbing methane emissions: how five industries can counter a major climate threat

    23 September 2021
    This McKinsey Sustainability report discusses the climate impact of methane emissions in five key sectors: agriculture, oil and gas, coal mining, waste management, and wastewater. Existing barriers for abatement of methane emission and potential solutions and trade-offs for stakeholders to consider are presented.
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  4. Climate change 2021: The physical science basis summary for policymakers

    This Summary for Policymakers presents key findings on the physical science basis of climate change for the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). It assesses the climate response to five illustrative scenarios that cover the range of possible future development of anthropogenic drivers of climate change found in the literature.
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  5. Winning without win-win? Recommendations on financial market strategies for biodiversity and nature

    19 July 2021
    Expert recommendations for investors regarding financial market strategies to address urgent risks in biodiversity and nature, including examples of meaningful market actions and critique of 'win-win' thinking in investment decision-making. Recommendations drawn from a private cross-sectoral dialogue hosted by Preventable Surprises in February 2021.
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  6. The economics of biodiversity: The Dasgupta review

    The Dasgupta Review analyses the economics of biodiversity. It makes the case for the natural environment as our most precious asset and argues for the need to account for nature in economics.
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  7. The little book of investing in nature

    11 January 2021
    Governments and investors are increasingly aware of their responsibility in promoting biodiversity through finance. This book features a comprehensive guide to developing sustainable investment strategies and planning, investment activities to pursue and avoid, case studies of current and past efforts, and an overview of the investment options which promote biodiversity.
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  8. Bankrolling plastics: The banks that fund plastic packaging pollution

    5 January 2021
    Banks continue to finance the global plastics chain, despite the significant risks of lender liability from the impacts of plastic waste. This report highlights the lack of development of any due diligence systems, contingent loan criteria, or financing exclusions at the banks when it comes to the plastic packaging industry.
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  9. Investing in the green economy: Sizing the opportunity

    15 December 2020
    This paper emphasises the capacity of the green economy in meeting environmental objectives in decision-making processes. FTSE Russell advocate data as crucial to investors to monitor industry and company-specific contributions to the economy and to assess opportunities in new green products and services.
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  10. Responsible investment benchmark report 2020 Australia

    Details the size, growth, depth and performance of the Australian responsible investment market over 12 months to 31 December 2019 and compares these results with the broader Australian financial market. Reviews the practices of 165 investment managers who are applying responsible investment to some or all of their investment practices.
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  11. Climate change and COVID-19: Reinforcing Indigenous food systems

    9 September 2020
    Climate change is affecting Indigenous food systems, making Indigenous populations vulnerable to food and nutritional insecurity. The nature and extent of the effects of COVID-19 on Indigenous food systems include mortality from severe illness, reduced access to food, changes in local diet, and economic losses resulting from lockdowns.
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  12. Appetite for disruption: A second serving

    This report explores the growth of the alternative protein market, particularly in the face of supply chain disruptions, food safety concerns from COVID-19, and global emissions. This is published alongside FAIRR's Sustainable Proteins Hub, an interactive tool which allows investors to assess how companies are diversifying toward alternative, climate-positive portfolios.
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