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Coal operations at one of South Africa’s coal-fired power plants. Industrial policy needs to envisage less reliance on carbon. Photo by Phill Magakoe /AFP via Getty Images)

Industrial policy options for southern Africa: scenarios set out possibilities and risks

The scenarios provide plausible and possible alternatives for futures of industrialisation. They also alert decision makers to desired and undesired development pathways.
A child from the Mayuruna ethnic group stands on a pier on the banks of the Atalaia do Norte River in Amazonas state, Brazil, on June 12, 2022. Federal police and military forces are searching and investigating the disappearance of British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous affairs expert Bruno Araujo Pereira. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

The Amazon rainforest is disappearing quickly — and threatening Indigenous people who live there

The deforestation of the Amazon in Brazil is at its peak, with 2022 breaking all records. Deforestation threatens human rights.
ESG rankings and lists aren’t often entirely reliable for consumers or investors wanting to make decisions on companies they buy from or invest in. Appolinary Kalashnikova/Unsplash

Sustainability rankings don’t always identify sustainable companies

Some companies rank high on some lists that measure environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives, and rank near the bottom on other lists. Which rankings should we trust?
Critics say the U.S. can’t afford a Green New Deal. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

America can afford a Green New Deal – here’s how

Democrats such as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey are proposing an ambitious decarbonization plan that critics are calling unaffordable. A green economist explains how the US could pay for it.
Pittsburgh, between its industrial past and a clean, green tech-driven future. Dllu

Pittsburgh: A city of two post-industrial tales

Pittsburgh’s post-industrial economic resurgence is promising, a historian of the region writes, but there’s a reason President Trump highlighted the area in his speech exiting the Paris climate deal.
The Fed’s low-interest rate garden. Money shoots via www.shutterstock.com

How the Fed joined the fight against climate change

Ultra-low interest rates have made low-carbon projects like windmill farms more attractive than coal power plants. That will begin to change as the central bank lifts rates, hurting the green economy.

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