Blue Skies, Blue Seas : Air Pollution, Marine Plastics, and Coastal Erosion in the Middle East and North Africa

Very timely book by the World Bank on Air Pollution, Marine Plastics, and Coastal Erosion in MENA. Unfortunately, 1) MENA’s cities are on average more than 5 times as air-polluted as recommended by WHO guidelines.  2) MENA’s seas are amongst the most plastics-polluted internationally and 3) in Maghreb region, coastal erosion is about 10 times … Continue reading Blue Skies, Blue Seas : Air Pollution, Marine Plastics, and Coastal Erosion in the Middle East and North Africa

Marketing en réseau : Se Méfier !

Je reçois fréquemment des questions de la part de personnes qui ont été démarchées pour rejoindre des sociétés de marketing en réseau (dites aussi de vente ou marketing multiniveaux). D’emblée, ces personnes sont séduites par l’ambition de travailler pour leurs propres comptes et de devenir indépendantes financièrement en suivant le parcours de personnes qui, il … Continue reading Marketing en réseau : Se Méfier !

Crise de l’eau en France. Quid du Maghreb ?

A entendre ce débat surréaliste sur les records de température et sur la pénurie de l’eau en France actuellement, on a l’impression qu’il s’agit d’un film de science-fiction. La vitesse avec laquelle le changement climatique se manifeste dans des régions qui semblaient jusque-là être épargnées est impressionnante. Si tel est le problème en France que … Continue reading Crise de l’eau en France. Quid du Maghreb ?

How Big Finance Can Scale Up Sustainability

Three recommendations to address the funding challenge for sustainable projects:- First, pooling many smaller sustainable projects into one that has enough critical mass to be relevant through securitization- Second, reducing the complexity of key transaction terms and make it easier to design and negotiate the specifics of instruments used to invest in sustainable projects through … Continue reading How Big Finance Can Scale Up Sustainability

State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2022

This report by the World Bank provides an up-to-date overview of existing and emerging carbon pricing instruments around the world, including international, national and subnational initiatives. It also investigates trends surrounding the development and implementation of carbon pricing instruments and how they could accelerate the delivery of long-term mitigation goals. Specifically, this includes the use … Continue reading State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2022

Don’t look up : Transforming the Amazon forest from a lung to a chimney

It is supposed to be the earth lung, but the Amazon rainforest is now emitting more carbon dioxide than it is able to absorb. Put differently, it is a source of CO2, rather than a sink! Reasons: Most of the emissions are caused by fires, many deliberately set to clear land for beef and soy … Continue reading Don’t look up : Transforming the Amazon forest from a lung to a chimney

Arab pension funds and ESG engagement

This report produced by the AMF and UNDP summarizes the results of a regional survey of Arab pension funds and their current level of engagement with Environment, Social and Governance. As for climate risks and opportunities integration, the road is still long. That’s why recommendations include, among others, adopting TCFD guidelines and developing internal capacity … Continue reading Arab pension funds and ESG engagement