Hard-to-Abate Sectors and Emissions: The Toughest Nuts to Crack for a Net Zero Future

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In this report, Citi’s Sustainable Finance team takes a detailed look at two hard-to-abate sectors — transport (road freight, aviation and shipping) and industry (cement and steel) — which need to be focused on to successfully meet net zero emission commitments. Collectively, these sectors account for 25% of today’s global carbon emissions, but have the potential to rise by 50% through 2050 given growth expectations.

In calculating the social cost of methane, equity matters

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A new study reports that the social cost of methane – a greenhouse gas that is 30 times as potent as carbon dioxide in its ability to trap heat – varies by as much as an order of magnitude between industrialized and developing regions of the world.

Federated Hermes launches Responsible Investing Education Institute

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Global investment manager Federated Hermes announced today the launch of the Responsible Investing Institute, aiming at helping investment professionals to deepen their understanding of responsible investing and authentic ESG integration in order to enhance client conversations.

Fish-friendly gold mines produce “salmon gold”

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With supporters like Apple and Tiffany, a new conservation financing effort has companies paying to help fund restoration of salmon habitat, one stream at a time.

How the pandemic is reshaping undergraduate research

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Undergraduates often find research opportunities through university labs and government programmes. The experience can boost their confidence and develop their interest in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But when the COVID-19 pandemic started, many of these programmes were cancelled, and others restricted the number of participants.

Students adapted by seeking out opportunities through university alumni networks or conducting scientific projects at home. Nature asked five undergraduates about their experiences of doing research as competition for places increased during the pandemic, and about their advice for other early-career scientists.

The DEI pathway to promotion

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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis says it’s putting its policies where its mouth is, approving new promotion and tenure options based on diversity, equity and inclusion work.

Moody’s: Sustainability linked loans, sustainable bond volumes soaring

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Credit ratings, research, and risk analysis provider Moody’s Investors Service released its quarterly sustainable finance update today, highlighting the dramatic growth in issuance of green, social and sustainability bonds.

The urgent need for indoor air quality regulation

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New scientific research and the COVID-19 pandemic should trigger a paradigm shift in indoor air quality regulation.

Community Ownership Models: Innovation Landscape Brief

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This brief provides an overview of community ownership models, which allow actors, including households, individuals and businesses, to unite in investing in, developing and operating
renewable energy assets. Through cost-sharing, community-ownership models enable individual
participants to own parts of the asset with lower levels of investment, which is especially beneficial for the deployment of renewable energy assets.

To design truly compostable plastic, scientists take cues from nature

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Scientists have designed an enzyme-activated compostable plastic that could diminish microplastics pollution. Household tap water or soil composts break the hybrid plastic material down to reusable small molecules, called monomers, in just a few days or weeks.