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We need to build a new business case for nature

By Siddarth Shrikanth

29 May 2023 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

The fight against climate change has seen many successes in recent years. Now it's time to place nature at the heart of the modern economy, writes Siddarth Shrikanth in The FT.

Protecting nature is lovely but climate tech is cool. Learning from the success of the latter could be essential to bolstering the former: we need to move nature from the realm of nice-to-haves and place it firmly at the heart of the modern economy.

While the climate fight is far from won, there is cause for cautious optimism. In 2022, the EU produced more power from wind and solar than from gas. The US Inflation Reduction Act marked the single largest-ever climate action taken by the world’s largest historical emitter of greenhouse gases. Global climate pledges, including from developing nations, have reached the point where they would keep the world well below 2C of warming if fully implemented.

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