ESG and sustainable investing have taken center stage in asset management. Climate and now oceans are leaders in this elevation with a proliferation of products, firms, and frameworks increasingly on investors’ radar screens. This is good news: the oceans are becoming broadly investable, with market-based opportunities across all sectors of the Blue Economy. These cover the entire asset allocation pie chart – equites, fixed income, private equity and venture capital.
Over the past 18 months, many city dwellers have started waking up to the sound of birds singing outside their windows and rays of morning sunlight stemming from clearer skies. Increased biodiversity emerged as one of the few silver linings of the global pandemic: reducing activity in once bustling urban centres has yielded this quiet reminder of nature. We must build on this newly re-established connection and help prevent the ongoing biodiversity loss caused by human activities in cities and industrial sites. The answer can be found in digital solutions, but also in our relationship with
August 4, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Biodiversity is critically important to human health and livelihoods yet it is declining faster than at any other time in history. The Dasgupta Review found that there has been a 40% drop in the stocks of natural capital between 1991-2014, seriously harming nature’s ability to regenerate.
We’ve recently produced a 58 page briefing which looks into how business, policy makers and investors are rising to the challenge of valuing natural capital.
A&W Canada and Cargill have collaborated to create Grazing Forward, a program which will impact more than 6,000 acres and engage ranchers in 20 communities.
August 4, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Climate change is often considered the greatest collective challenge we face. While at times overlooked, agriculture offers one solution to address this challenge—the way we produce food can be a powerful lever against the impacts of climate change. For almost two decades, ALUS has seen the crucial role beef ranchers and their cattle play to not only address climate change, but also improve Canadian ecosystems and communities.
By Kris Johnson, Interim Director of Agriculture, The Nature Conservancy, North America
Food is among the most basic and essential ways that we interact with nature. The security and continuity of our food supply chains depend on healthy soil, clean water and a stable climate—all factors that impact a producer’s ability to grow crops. Businesses are increasingly recognizing these connections and including environmental factors into their business models. One way they do this is by setting sustainability goals related to water quality and climate change.
PT Freeport Indonesia (PT-FI), in partnership with The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and the South Australian Museum, discovered a new frog species in Mimika Regency, Papua, Indonesia.
The species, named Litoria lubisi, is a type of large green tree frog that is a member of the Litoria infratrenata family. The discovery of the new species was officially published in the international journal Zootaxa 4903(1):117-126.
As White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy espouses, we need to think in systemic terms when tackling our collective challenges — COVID, economic downturn, seeking social justice to heal racism, and climate change — these are all challenges that must be approached together. Our best guides — environmentally, socially, in governance practices and economically — are still our Indigenous brothers and sisters.
KPMG, Ambipar and One Earth back GRI Biodiversity Standard
June 4, 2021 /3BL Media/ - As the global community marks World Environment Day (5 June), the growing biodiversity crisis emphasizes why businesses need to step up and be accountable for their impacts on the world, with an updated reporting standard for biodiversity required.