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COP26 hasn’t solved the problem’: scientists react to UN climate deal
The key takeaways were: 1- Softer approach towards phasing out fossil fuels - The wording has been under intense pressure and now it talks about “the phase-out of unabated coal power and of inefficient subsidies for fossil fuels”. 2- Climate target timetable more flexible - Different national circumstances were taken into account. This is a positive because it could pile pressure on the biggest emitters whose action will have a bigger impact overall. 3- Acknowledging loss and damage may set new precedent - This concept has been referred to at COP as "loss and damage". 4- Regulatory loopholes may shrink - a number of countries suggest that “no deal is better than a bad deal” – ie. – they shouldn’t agree to anything that will allow others to cheat their climate talks

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Sustainable finance: Delivering meaningful change requires operational change
The G20, which accounts for 80% of the world economy must set the lead if we are to make the desired global temperature of 1.5°C target a reality. Organisations such as the Taskforce on Climate related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) have tried to improve climate-related reporting, helping to better assess risk and allocate capital. Regulation such as the EC’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), has also been working to deliver greater transparency. Chancellor Rishi Sunak at COP 26 stated that the UK plans to be a net zero finance hub, which will see publicly listed companies disclose their climate metrics by 2023.
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Partnership to fund $75M sustainable finance facility in East Africa
The Sustainable Finance Facility for Greenlight Planet in Kenya, an African off-grid solar home solutions provider, has been made possible by a partnership between Standard Bank Group, Citi, CDC Group and Norfund. The $75 million deal also includes integrating three sustainability linked KPIs to the funding which covers both social and environmental metrics: the number of people benefiting from reliable energy financing, cumulative avoidance of CO2 emissions and a gender balanced management team.

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We need an ‘ecopreneur revolution’ to fight climate change
In order to meet targets set by the Paris Agreement, innovations that work for people and planet need to be seen an unprecedented scale in the next decade. Ecopreneurs are those that put nature and climate at the core of their business models. They ensure that income for local livelihoods is generated and put societies on a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable path. An innovation ecosystem in which these ecopreneurs can emerge needs to continue to be supported, so that it may thrive and multiply exponentially around the world.
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How Africa can tap opportunities presented by COVID for economic growth
"What approaches should the African continent apply to stimulate the economy and create jobs, especially considering factors such as rising debts, etc? Is covid-19 in some sense an opportunity for Africa’s economic rise? How can that potential be seized? To survive and prosper, and exploit the global opportunities offered by the crises, Africa needs a comprehensive package for creating sustainable prosperity in a world of continuous disruptions."

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This is why human and nature capital must redefine wealth for a sustainable future
Economic growth is not sustainable unless renewable natural capital and human capital are treated with the same importance as traditional economic growth says a new report from the World Bank. It also states that the use of fossil fuels has been overvalued because its environmental impact has not taken into account and in terms of human capital, women must also have greater equality if sustainability is to be achieved.

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