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CalPERS’ Simpson on Climate Action 100+

Climate Action 100+ illustrates asset owners’ ability to come together to solve the tragedy of the commons, said Anne Simpson, managing investment director, board governance and sustainability at US pension giant CalPERS. She said once investors realise that risk and return comes from managing financial, human and natural capital then ESG became a fundamental part of investing.
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CalPERS’ Simpson on Climate Action 100+

Climate Action 100+ illustrates asset owners’ ability to come together to solve the tragedy of the commons, said Anne Simpson, managing investment director, board governance and sustainability at US pension giant CalPERS. She said once investors realise that risk and return comes from managing financial, human and natural capital then ESG became a fundamental part of investing.
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Holding managers to account on net zero

Nigel Topping, Champion of COP26, says institutional investors should  put their fund managers on notice to provide more net zero products. He was speaking at the Top1000funds.com Sustainability conference in a session detailing how asset owners can move towards net zero.
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COP26 – What to expect

This session looks at the areas of focus for the meeting and how within the short term focus of this COVID-19 crisis we can mobilise government, business and investors into action around the important issue of climate change.
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NY Common’s sustainability integration

Andrew Siwo is the first director of sustainable investments and climate solutions at the $200 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund (CRF). Here he talks about the fund’s approach to ESG integration.
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New investment-led net zero framework

More than 70 investors have collaborated to produce a framework for an investment strategy led approach to decarbonising portfolios and maximising efforts to achieve net zero emissions globally by 2050. The IIGCC, which developed the framework, is seeking consultation.
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The challenge of tracking climate change

Climate change has started to significantly affect many firms, but properly quantifying firm-level exposure to climate change risks and opportunities is a challenge for investors, regulators and policy makers.
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Carbon reductions and climate risk

William Nordhaus favors a carbon tax to slow climate change but his own model shows that the UN’s target would make humanity poorer than doing nothing at all about climate change.
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William Nordhaus versus the UN

William Nordhaus favors a carbon tax to slow climate change but his own model shows that the UN’s target would make humanity poorer than doing nothing at all about climate change.
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Investment strategy on climate change

This first report by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) responds to the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).
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Climate change and infectious diseases

Federated Hermes Nick Spooner explores how climate breakdown will exacerbate infectious diseases, and the steps that companies, investors and governments need to take to mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis and future pandemics.
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The Goldilocks crisis

If an overly relaxed world has since slept through a series of environmental alarms, the coronavirus crisis may well be the wake-up call it needs to avert the worst climate change bear scenarios.
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The ASI Responsible Investing podcast

Leading ASI’s climate agenda is Eva Cairns, Senior ESG Investment Analyst. She talks on a host of topics, from about her wide-ranging views on responsible investment and her passion in helping address climate change, to why she’s so keen that we all "grow the pie".
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Net zero – idle promises

Companies’ pledges of ‘net-zero’ emissions are only meaningful if backed by credible action plans that do not rely heavily on offsetting. Read Aberdeen Standard Investment's report.
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Investing in a changing climate: summary

Our climate is changing. In recent years, we have seen an increase in costly extreme weather events such as storms, wildfires and floods. At the same time, we are living through the hottest years on record. Read Aberdeen Standard Investments paper below. 
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Investing in a changing climate

Our climate is changing. In recent years, we have seen an increase in costly extreme weather events such as storms, wildfires and floods. At the same time, we are living through the hottest years on record. Read Aberdeen Standard Investments paper below. 
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Tackling the climate crisis

As we navigate through the coronavirus and its impacts, we have an opportunity to shape the post-pandemic world so that confronting the climate emergency is an undisputed global priority.
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Global warming forecast of 3.9°C

Schroders latest update to Climate Progress Dashboard suggests the current pace of change will result in temperatures rising by 3.9°C above pre-industrial levels.
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COVID-19 fiscal recovery packages

The COVID-19 crisis is likely to have dramatic consequences for progress on climate change. Imminent fiscal recovery packages could entrench or partly displace the current fossil-fuel-intensive economic system.
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The need for urgent action on climate

This episode focuses on climate change and how, amongst and despite, the short-term focus of this COVID-19 crisis, we can mobilise government, business and investors into action around this important issue of climate change.
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Enormity of climate crisis misunderstood

There is a lack of understanding in investment decision-making about how big the climate crisis is which could lead to investments and risks being mis-directed, according to Professor Cameron Hepburn, Professor of Environmental Economics at Oxford University.
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Experts call for price on carbon, now

Last Thursday, March 12 the US Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis heard from industry experts, including Bob Litterman and Frederic Samama, on the economic risks of climate change. They all pushed for a price on carbon and for action, now.
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The +1.5°C asset portfolio

Designing a 1.5°C asset portfolio to mobilise capital for a sustainable future requires some big thinking and intensive collaboration, not to mention transformational change that extends way beyond the borders of the investment industry. So what role do investors play?
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ABP’s climate neutral plan for 2025

The largest pension fund in Europe, the €450 billion Dutch ABP, set out its sustainability and responsible investment plan for 2025 last month. The plan sets out long-term objectives – in line with the goal of a climate-neutral economy by 2050 – as well as the short-term steps to achieve that.
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Behind BlackRock’s climate pledge

Last week BlackRock’s Larry Fink announced the company would put climate change centre-stage across its $7 trillion portfolio after what critics have called years of prevarication. Sarah Rundell looks behind what the statement could mean in practice.
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Decarbonisation linked to better returns

As concerns about climate change reach fever pitch, Harvard Business School has published a report that shows investment strategies that “aggressively’ reduce carbon emissions can significantly boost fund performance.
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NY State Common’s climate plan

The New York State Common Decarbonization Advisory Panel, set up to advise the Comptroller, as trustee of the $209.1 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund, on how best to mitigate investment risks stemming from climate change and maximise opportunities from the new, low-carbon economy, has handed down its report this week. It has clear lessons for all asset owners.
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Principles to guide investment

Investors will play a major role, whether active or passive, in climate change mitigation. To enable prudent decision-making, we propose three physically based engagement principles that could be used to assess whether an investment is consistent with a long-term climate goal.