Villains or visionaries? Hedge funds short companies they say ‘greenwash’
Environmental News

Villains or visionaries? Hedge funds short companies they say ‘greenwash’

LONDON (Reuters) – Tens of trillions of global investment dollars are pouring into companies touting robust environmental, social and governance credentials. Now short-sellers spy an opportunity. Such hedge funds, often cast as villains of the piece because they bet against share prices, scent a profit from company valuations they believe are unduly inflated by ESG…

Major states resist calls for bolder action as U.N. climate summit grinds to close
Environmental News

Major states resist calls for bolder action as U.N. climate summit grinds to close

MADRID (Reuters) – A U.N. climate summit ground toward a delayed close on Sunday with a handful of major states resisting pressure to ramp up efforts to combat global warming, prompting sharp criticism from smaller countries and environmental activists. Carolina Schmidt, COP25 President and Chile’s Minister of Environment, speaks at the U.N. Climate Change Conference…

One of Europe’s worst famines likely caused by devastating floods
Nature & Science

One of Europe’s worst famines likely caused by devastating floods

Researchers can combine tree ring dating with instrumental weather records to reconstruct past climate trends. Credit: “Rings of time” by giltay is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Europe’s Great Famine of 1315–1317 is considered one of the worst population collapses in the continent’s history. Historical records tell of unrelenting rain accompanied by mass crop failure,…

Mines, power plants causing pollution in Chhattisgarh’s Tamnar-Gharghoda region: NGT team
Environmental News

Mines, power plants causing pollution in Chhattisgarh’s Tamnar-Gharghoda region: NGT team

An inquiry team sent by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to Tamnar-Gharghoda region of Raigarh district in Chhattisgarh, where operations in another two coal mines will begin soon, has found that the area is close to exceeding its environmental carrying capacity. The team also highlighted the negligence by the existing power plants and mines there…