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Calculating value of biodiversity: BNP Paribas Asset Management

Biodiversity and the value of ecosystem services are a critical part of a healthy global economy, with investors working to calculate risk and opportunity on investment portfolios.

BNP Paribas Asset Management has named biodiversity as one of its key thematic priorities, and is undertaking a number of projects to pursue biodiversity related topics across its different areas of sustainable investing. Financial Standard
BY RACHEL ALEMBAKIS | 29 APR 2021

Election 2020: Financial sector will have to report on climate change risk in world-first move

Roughly 200 of New Zealand’s biggest companies and financial organisations will be made to report on climate change risk, Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced.

The policy will force large financial organisations in New Zealand to disclose how exposed their business and investments are to climate change-related risk. Some entities, such as the NZ Super Fund, are already proactively disclosing such risks, ahead of the mandatory regime. Stuff
Henry Cooke and Thomas Coughlan
15 Sep 2020

How ‘Degrowth’ Pushes Climate and Well-Being Over GDP

In recent years, a group of economists, ecologists, and anthropologists has gained attention for trying to overturn a core tenet of economic policy — that growth is good for everyone. Known as the “degrowth” movement, these scholars suggest a reframing of humanity’s goals along ecological lines to address the climate crisis, along with a reconsideration of using gross domestic product as a metric for progress. The upheaval of the coronavirus crisis has added fuel to the debate. Bloomberg Green
By Akshat Rathi
September 18, 2020

Pandemics result from destruction of nature, say UN and WHO

Pandemics such as coronavirus are the result of humanity’s destruction of nature, according to leaders at the UN, WHO and WWF International, and the world has been ignoring this stark reality for decades.

The illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade as well as the devastation of forests and other wild places were still the driving forces behind the increasing number of diseases leaping from wildlife to humans, the leaders told the Guardian.

They are calling for a green and healthy recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular by reforming destructive farming and unsustainable diets. The Guardian
Damian Carrington, 17 June 2020

Biomimicry = Return on Inspiration

Biomimicry can help sequester carbon, build a circular economy and perfect NetPositive regenerative design.

It seems so obvious now: innovators are turning to nature for inspiration in building, chemistry, agriculture, energy, health, transportation, computing–even the design of organizations and cities. Biomimicry is taught from kindergarten to university and practiced in all scales of enterprise. GreenMoney
By Janine Benyus, Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute
Originally written in 2017