The world is losing the war against climate change

“Ethical Markets is encouraged to see THE ECONOMIST facing up to climate change issues, but we don’t yet see their editorial board expanding its models of traditional economic theory or finance.  The lowest-hanging fruit for direct CO2 capture is in shifting over-investment in freshwater agriculture on which our food now depends to  saltwater crops, such as quinoa and the many other varieties that grow in 22 countries on degraded and desert lands and require no fertilizers or pesticides and offer complete proteins and minerals for human nutrition, as we report in our Green Transition Scoreboard® 2018.

We report that the  shift to  from meat to  plant-based proteins and vegetarian diets is already producing many start-ups and investor groups , including FAIRR, with $7 trillion AUM.

~Hazel Henderson, Editor“

As lethal fires, heatwaves and drought spread across the northern hemisphere, analysis suggests that Europe’s sweltering summer would have been less than half as likely were it not for human-induced climate change. Despite efforts to curb global warming, greenhouse-gas emissions are rising. Investments in oil and gas are up; in renewables they have stalled. It is tempting to think these are temporary setbacks—that people, with their instinct for self-preservation, will muddle through to victory over climate change. In fact, mankind is losing the war

Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief

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