In 2017, US researchers1 estimated that 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste has been generated globally since the 1950s, of which almost 80% has accumulated in landfills or the natural environment. Significant volumes of this waste enter marine environments, much of it fragmented into microplastic particles that are difficult to retrieve and can be ingested by fish, birds and other marine life. Combined with the potential for larger pieces of plastic waste to entangle animals, the risks for marine ecosystems are clear.
Global warming means spring is arriving sooner. As winter draws in that may sound attractive, but it means plants are flowering earlier than usual. If they become out of sync with nature’s pollinators, the consequences for the global economy could be serious.
Electric vehicles (EVs) have existed since the 19th century, but have been most prevalent in niche applications such as mobility scooters and forklifts.
Last year, for the first time ever in the UK, solar power generated more electricity than coal over the course of a month. In tandem, major advances in battery technology are delivering unprecedented energy-storage capabilities. Are we on the verge of a truly “disruptive” breakthrough? And, if so, who are the winners and losers likely to be?
On 6 October 2016, Rathbone Greenbank was invited to participate in a multidenominational event at Southwark’s Anglican Cathedral on the subject of “Investing sustainably: Protecting financial assets and supporting the transition to a zero-carbon future”.
Rathbone Greenbank has joined 130 investors, pension funds and asset managers from around the world in writing to the leaders of the G20 nations to call for government leadership on the issue of climate change. This call comes ahead of September’s G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, where leaders from 20 major global economies will meet.