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Biodiversity Loss Might Break the System — And Businesses Aren’t Ready | GZERO Media

Ian Bremmer: Biodiversity loss might break the system and businesses aren’t ready

When Ian Bremmer turned 50 in 2019, he was shocked to know there was less than half the biodiversity left on the planet than when he was born.

That's depressing, but hopefully it'll soon have a snapback effect on humans and the economy, Eurasia Group's president says during "Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity," a livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Suntory.

Businesses, he adds, will suffer if biodiversity loss is not reversed: "Production costs are going to increase. Profitability is going to drop. Prices are going to have to go up for end consumers. Inflation is going to go up."

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Investors Chasing Opportunities In Biodiversity | GZERO Media

Why investors need to support biodiversity

For years, investors have been largely absent from nature financing. But now you have opportunities across all asset classes.

"If we don't start mobilizing private capital, we're going to have an issue" with biodiversity, Ingrid Kukuljan, head of Impact & Sustainable Investing at Federated Hermes, says during "Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity," a livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Suntory.

So, where are the opportunities?

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What’s Walmart Doing on Biodiversity? | GZERO Media

Practical climate solutions and big corporations

Retailers like Walmart derive the bulk of their sales from products that ultimately originate in nature. That means they have a stake in reversing the course of biodiversity loss.

"The business community has woken up and taken notice of this," Kathleen McLaughlin, Walmart's executive VP and chief sustainability officer, says "Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity," a livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Suntory.

As a result, Walmart is doing its part by engaging with its suppliers on biodiversity protection. It's the only way, she adds, to "protect, restore, and better manage 50 million acres of land and a million square miles of ocean" where the company indirectly sources raw materials for its products.

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How Do Disclosures Help Businesses Protect Biodiversity? | GZERO Media

How do financial disclosures help protect biodiversity?

The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures doesn't have a sexy name. But it is instrumental in helping businesses know their impact on biodiversity so they can do better.

"What we are providing to help businesses and financial institutions is developing a risk management and disclosure framework for nature-related risks," TNFD technical director Emily McKenzie says during "Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity," a livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Suntory.

McKenzie says that the impetus for TNFD is all coming from the market. Driven by risks, investors want to take action.

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How Do You Measure Nature? | GZERO Media

How measuring nature at the DNA level unlocks financial growth

Katie Critchlow is CEO of NatureMetrics, a company that, well, measures nature. But how?

"We use eDNA; that's all the DNA that's left behind in the environment by every species because every species in the world contains DNA," she explains during the livestream discussion "Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity," hosted by GZERO in partnership with Suntory.

But the animals and plants you see, Critchlow points out, are only a tiny fraction of total life on earth. There's a lot of very small stuff too.

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How To Stop Greenwashing On Biodiversity Investments | GZERO Media

How to stop greenwashing on biodiversity investments

Investors are starting to pay attention to biodiversity. But how can we be sure that interest doesn't result in greenwashing?

With transparency and rigorous information sources, FNZ Group sustainability chief Vian Sharif says during "Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity," a livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Suntory.

Also, it's early days for something very complex to measure and report.

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3 Ways Mining Companies Can Help Protect Biodiversity | GZERO Media

3 ways mining companies can help protect biodiversity

You'd think the best thing an extractive industry like mining can do for biodiversity would be to go out of business. Think again, says International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Rohitesh “Ro” Dhawan.

He shares three ways mining can have a positive impact on reversing the course of nature's destruction during "Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity," a livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Suntory.

First, conservation. Second, restoration. And third, disclosure of lots of data.

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Will the DOJ Hold Trump Responsible For Jan. 6? | World in :60 | GZERO Media

Will the DOJ hold Trump responsible for Jan. 6?

Ian Bremmer shares his insights on global politics this week on World In :60.

Now that Congress recommends charges against Trump, will the DOJ take action?

Increasingly, the answer appears to be yes, especially now that the attorney general has a special counsel on the case, and he has recused himself, that makes it a lot easier to proceed with charges. This is unprecedented territory. We've never seen a Congress actually refer criminal charges of a former president before. But of course, former President Trump was also pretty unique historically for the United States. Either way, he's considerably damaged much more so than he was after January 6th. You remember then Kevin McCarthy went down and was kissing the ring in Mar-a-Lago within a few days, that's not happening this time around. So it's a much bigger hole for him to dig himself out of, even though he's ostensibly running for the presidency already, we don't see much of that yet.

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