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ESG label scepticism rising, but underpinnings are seen enduring

ESG label scepticism rising, but underpinnings are seen enduring

A record $649bn poured into ESG-focused funds worldwide through November 30 last year, up from the $542bn and $285bn that flowed into these funds in 2020 and 2019, respectively, according to Refinitiv Lipper data.

S Africa’s ‘silent revolution’ as those with cash go solar

S Africa’s ‘silent revolution’ as those with cash go solar

Thanks to his rooftop solar panels, Pierre Moureau only notices the blackouts that regularly plunge South Africans into darkness when complaints pop up on his Johannesburg neighbourhood’s WhatsApp group.

Iranian N-deal limbo may serve interests of both the US and Iran

Iranian N-deal limbo may serve interests of both the US and Iran

Whether or not Tehran and Washington accept a European Union “final” offer to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, neither is likely to declare the pact dead because keeping it alive serves both sides’ interests, diplomats, analysts and officials said.

India, Pak siblings reunite 75 years after Partition

India, Pak siblings reunite 75 years after Partition

Tears of joy rolled down his wisened cheeks when Indian Sika Khan met his Pakistani brother for the first time since being separated by Partition in 1947.

And now warming up — on hyperspeed — to the Arctic blues

And now warming up — on hyperspeed — to the Arctic blues

If the accelerated melting of the East Antarctic ice sheet, the world’s biggest, was discussed in these columns the same day last week, this week it is the turn of the Arctic.

Cheaper, changing, crucial: the rise of solar power

Cheaper, changing, crucial: the rise of solar power

Experts hope the high fossil fuel prices and fears over energy security caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will accelerate the uptake of renewables

US coal plants delay closures in hurdle for clean energy transition

US coal plants delay closures in hurdle for clean energy transition

Travel brochures in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, tout the town’s beaches on Lake Michigan as the Malibu of the Midwest. But pages of glossy photos leave out a feature of the landscape: a coal-fired power plant on the shore that will remain open until mid 2025 instead of closing this year as planned.

A new period of energy insecurity

A new period of energy insecurity

We have entered a new period of energy insecurity, in which acute shortages of the kind seen this summer will remain a persistent risk. The economic, political, and social consequences of this shift are already apparent.

US move to negotiate drug prices a rare defeat for Big Pharma

US move to negotiate drug prices a rare defeat for Big Pharma

Big Pharma spent more than any other industry to lobby Congress and federal agencies this year, a Reuters analysis shows, but is still on course for a major defeat by failing to stop a bill that allows the government to negotiate prices on select drugs.

The Bank of England after Boris

The Bank of England after Boris

The performance and mandate of the Bank of England (BoE) have become central issues in the contest to succeed Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party, and therefore as the United Kingdom’s prime minister.

US exit from Afghanistan: accountability still elusive

US exit from Afghanistan: accountability still elusive

As weary US military planners wrapped up the evacuation and pull-out from Afghanistan one year ago, officials across the government steeled themselves for intense public scrutiny into how America’s longest war ended in shambles with the Taliban retaking power.

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