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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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You Can’t Fix Climate Change Without Protecting Biodiversity, Says UNFCCC Official | GZERO Media

We can't fix climate change without protecting biodiversity, says UNFCCC official

Fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity may not be exactly the same thing, but they're definitely related.

"Biodiversity and climate are deeply intertwined. It will actually not be possible to solve one crisis without addressing the other," Ko Barrett, vice chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and senior adviser for climate at NOAA, says during the livestream discussion "Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity," hosted by GZERO in partnership with Suntory.

One the one hand, she explains, climate change is accelerating biodiversity loss by increasingly disturbing marine and land ecosystems. On the other, nature offers solutions to address climate while protecting biodiversity such as green roofs to cool buildings, preserving bee populations to improve crop yields, or mangroves to store carbon.

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COP15 sign outside the Palais de Congres in Montreal, Canada.

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COP15 seals “30 by 30” deal on protecting biodiversity

The COP15 UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal, Canada, wrapped up on Monday with a much-awaited agreement to protect 30% of land and water considered “important” for biodiversity by 2030.

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What Turned the Blue Planet Gray? | Suntory Livestream | GZERO Media

Reversing biodiversity loss by 2030: "We don't have a choice," says Magali Anderson

What does the world's No. 1 cement maker want from the COP15 biodiversity conference in Montreal, Canada?

First, a framework for companies. Second, a commitment to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030, Magali Anderson, Holcim's chief sustainability and innovation officer, says during the livestream discussion "Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity," hosted by GZERO in partnership with Suntory.

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S2 Episode 7: Why biodiversity loss matters to governments and investors


Listen: Are global leaders finally taking needed action on environmental issues? Coming out of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow, we've seen governments agree to a certain set of policies to fight climate change. But that isn't the only urgent environmental issue we face. The twin problem of climate change AND biodiversity loss are a serious threat to not just governments, but also investors.

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