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Simplicity and Vanguard Investment Funds: Follow Up

Simplicity and Vanguard Investment Funds: Follow Up Dr Robert Howell Introduction This article reports on discussions with Sam Stubbs, CEO of Simplicity, about the article Simplicity Fund and Vanguard Ethically Conscious International Shares Index Fund – Are They Ethical? and reflects on the processes of engagement and reporting for all funds.  That article assessed the …

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Wise Response Submission to the Infrastructure Commission of New Zealand

Wise Response has submitted on the Infrastructure Strategy to the Infrastructure Commission. The Submission is available as a PDF here. An excerpt is reproduced below: Worldview sets the context for this Strategy1.1. Our Society is heartened that key findings from “Our Aotearoa 2050” survey were “Our environment is the top priority when it comes to …

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Simplicity Fund and Vanguard Ethically Conscious International Shares Index Fund – Are They Ethical?

Dr Robert Howell Simplicity Fund and Vanguard Ethically Conscious International Shares Index Fund – Are They Ethical? Dr Robert Howell June 2021 1  Introduction Simplicity is a New Zealand non-profit fund manager owned by the Simplicity Charitable Trust.   Are the Simplicity Funds[1] ethical? Simplicity states that they invest with a conscience. They will not make …

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Pathfinder Ethical Funds: Are they Ethical? Lessons to be Learned by Dr Robert Howell

Dr Howell has reviewed the New Zealand funds manager Pathfinder. The full article is reproduced below and available as a PDF here. —————————————————————– Please note this article has an addendum, reproduced below: Addendum 14 August Since the publication of this article, it has been drawn to my attention that Pathfinder’s Trans tasman fund has a large …

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Decoding the Hype Behind the Natural Gas Industry’s Hydrogen Push

By Justin Mikulka • Thursday, January 14, 2021 – 06:12 This article was published by Desmog t seems like nearly every day another hopeful article touts the potential of using hydrogen as a fuel to tackle climate change. What’s known as “green hydrogen” — which relies on renewable power for production — is getting the …

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Why the Climate Change Commission’s targets are so weak

Why the Climate Change Commission’s targets are so weakRobert McLachlan, 05:00, Mar 13 2021, Published on Stuff Climate Change report: What’s the future of gas? The Climate Change Commission’s first report has been released, with a raft of targets proposed to cut emissions. OPINION: Of all the many things the Climate Change Commission has been …

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Ecological economics for humanity’s plague phase

The human enterprise is in potentially disastrous ‘overshoot’, exploiting the ecosphere beyond ecosystems’ re-generative capacity and filling natural waste sinks to overflowing. Economic behavior that was once ‘rational’ has become maladaptive. This situation is the inevitable outcome of humanity’s natural expansionist tendencies reinforced by ecologically vacuous growth-oriented ‘neoliberal’ economic theory. The world needs a more …

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Wise Response submission to the Climate Change Commission – March 2021

Wise Response has made a comprehensive submission to the Climate Change Commission. The submission is available as a PDF here. PRESS RELEASE 30 MARCH 2021 Wise Response advocates deep and wide-ranging actions. Climate Change Commission’s advice supported but ‘too narrow’. Wise Response recommends 24 essential actions in its advice to the Climate Change Commission.  ‘Business …

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WR Press Release: November Temperatures Above Average: Summer Heatwave Is Developing With Significant Impacts Likely

Media release: 6 December 2020 November temperatures above average: summer heatwave is developing with significant impacts likely The next New Zealand summer heatwave is developing, and the expected impacts are extremely likely to be intense according to Wise Response scientists. The team monitoring its progress have found that sub-surface sea temperature anomalies east of the …

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