Investing in Asia is tricky because every country is so different – different languages, laws, cultures, etc. This means the learning never ends, and when it comes to investing in the region, we’re only as good as we are informed.
What Are Climate Adaptation Startups?
In looking for climate-adaptation startups to invest in, I’ve struggled to define exactly what is and what is not an adaptation business. Do alternative meat and milk startups count? How about platforms to manage power from renewables? How I’ve been
Pandemics Will Increase With Climate Change
In all the news about the fast-moving COVID-19 pandemic, few outlets pause to remind their audience that pandemics are a byproduct of climate change and will be more prevalent as the planet heats up. Creatures that act as disease-vectors –
Drought: Anticipating A Parched Future
In May, 2019 a close family friend who I’ll call Auntie N (to protect her privacy), was, in her beautiful Connecticut home, deeply distraught. “Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani” (that’s what Wikipedia calls it) had just struck Odisha, India, where her
Notes from Dhaka: Bad Air
Air pollution has now been a daily fact of life in Asia for over 20 years, with a permanent brown-tinted haze doming entire cities and blotting out blue skies and sunshine on most days. My frequent travel to Dhaka gives me
Earth Is Burning And You’re Working On What?
The Paris Climate Agreement aimed to avoid a “catastrophic” 2ºC increase in global temperatures. We have just a decade left to cut current carbon emissions by half, and unfortunately we are nowhere near achieving this goal. Here’s what happens if we
How To Build A Business When The World Is Ending
Mathematician Safa Motesharrei of the US National Science Foundation-supported National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, working with a team of natural and social scientists, recently published a shockingly dark report on the near future of Western civilization. According to these credible researchers,
How To Build For The Future
We have to stop building businesses, and start solving for scarcity. Our planet is running out of natural resources like titanium, silver and copper at an alarming rate. Antimony, a product used in many batteries, will be exhausted from known mines
Postpone The Long Emergency
In 2005, investigative journalist James Howard Kunstler published The Long Emergency, a book that ominously describes economic and social collapse caused by climate change, crashing financial markets, and high oil prices. Hurricane Sandy (officially dubbed “Superstorm Sandy”) and the challenges
We Have Work To Do
According to Napster founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker, “It’s technology, not business or government, that’s the real driving force behind large-scale societal shifts.” Thanks to improvements in technology across all sectors, we now produce sufficient goods and services