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Can we be green and grow?
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Can we be green and grow?

In order to slow global warming, we must decouple growth from our consumption of resources and energy. Some critics argue that a "degrowth" is necessary. However, degrowth is not a solution because it slows down the innovation necessary for resource efficiency, according to economist Dimitri Zenghelis. Investing in innovation, science and creativity will enable us to get more from the resources at our disposal.

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Urban Mining: A literal gold mine

Today, we are burying the world in a mountain of electronic waste. Unwanted computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones are creating a huge health and environmental hazard. Yet inside these electronic goods lies a treasure trove. Metals as varied as copper, silver, gold and cobalt can be found inside these electronic items. E-trash mining is a growing industry where innovative firms are mining spent batteries and other electronic waste in order to rebuild products, extend their life or extract the valuable materials contained within. Read more from our experts here.

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Permeable cities: Adapting to climate change

Sponge Cities, pioneered in China, offer a sustainable urban planning model with permeable infrastructure that holds, cleans and drains rainwater. Companies are creating technology to build porous roads that absorb water and cool the environment, are designing plant-covered rooftops for water collection and recycling, and are developing urban wetlands that retain and filter water. They are creating smart, sustainable cities - cities that can absorb water like sponges. Read more from our experts here.

The future of farming: digitally disrupted and very precise
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The future of farming: digitally disrupted and very precise

The agricultural industry requires a rethink. We cannot keep up with rising populations; continue the overexploitation of our land and carry on chemically polluting our soil. What’s the solution? Precision agriculture is paving the way towards sustainable food systems. And there is a huge opportunity for investors. Read more from FT columnist, Merryn Somerset Webb.   

Accelerating the transition to a sustainable future
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Accelerating the transition to a sustainable future

Investors need to wake up. Our current models are unsustainable and technology is the key to delivering a lean, circular economy where inequalities are reduced, and growth does not negatively impact the environment or society. The companies who adapt will be the winners of the future. We call these companies the Eagles. Read more from Didier Rabattu, Head of Equities, Lombard Odier Investment Managers.

When it comes to sustainability in food, one company is determined to lead the way. We spoke to Blandine Stefani, Danone’s B Corp Director, about why sustainability is good business.

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Travelling with a conscience

With growing concerns on the impact of tourism on the environment, many travellers are beginning to consider their carbon footprint. But what impact is this having on the tourism industry? And how can companies adapt to sustainable trends whilst enabling tourists to travel with a clean conscious? 

Greta thrives in the eye of the climate storm
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Greta thrives in the eye of the climate storm

Greta Thunberg is a trailblazer for sustainability. And has led by example. Many young people are coming out in droves to protest against climate change and are turning to governments and businesses to help lead the charge. And they are seeing results. Last week saw renewed commitments from companies and investors alike, at the UN Climate Change Summit, in tackling climate change and building a better tomorrow. 

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