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Viewsroom: Healthcare M&A, Climate change, Silicon Valley earnings

April 29, 2016

Abbott, AbbVie and Sanofi are each paying up for takeover partners, while protecting the planet could be the investment deal of the century. Plus: Facebook forges ahead while Apple ambles.

Viewsroom: Coal bust, Bank earnings, Millennial media

April 15, 2016

Peabody Energy's bankruptcy gives Big Oil a glimpse into the future, while energy losses are just one issue U.S. lenders have to contend with. Plus: startup news outlets face age-old problems.

Davos could do with a “DiCaprio ultimatum” on pay

January 20, 2016

Greed is a root cause of climate change, “The Revenant” star told the World Economic Forum. In reality, most global companies got that message long ago. What’s missing are leaders prepared to pin compensation to environmental targets. Davos attendees have a chance to step up.

Paris deal gives green light to eco-investing

December 14, 2015

The climate goals agreed by 195 countries are laudably ambitious. Scepticism over governments’ ability to hit them is warranted. But the accord should encourage venture funds, bond- and shareholders to stump up more capital. And making an impact is not as hard as it may sound.

Billionaires add thrust to clean-energy moon shot

November 30, 2015

Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and Jack Ma are among those pledging to pool their lucre for big investments in climate-friendly R&D. The aim is worthy but such ambitious projects have a mixed record. At least these entrepreneurs know how to tolerate serious cash burn.

Climate will supplant shale as top energy disruptor

November 27, 2015

The world’s politicians may be about to get serious on cutting greenhouse gases at the U.N. Paris confab. And shareholders are pushing Big Oil to disclose global warming risks. The consequences for the industry will be longer lasting than the recent oil production revolution.

New York coal settlement could be climate canary

November 9, 2015

Peabody’s deal with state prosecutors over misleading atmospheric risks may inform a similar probe of Exxon. Though the lack of fines is a weak sign, the miner at least must share its assessment of possible climate rules. That could expose the danger of stranded energy assets.

Can countries rebrand themselves like companies?

June 12, 2015

A Lazard-WPP partnership to create “nation branding programs” raises the question. It’s one thing for a cheese or booze maker to become Mondelez or Diageo, quite another for despotic regimes or broken economies to simply rename themselves. Our columnists take a stab at a few.

Forget ethics, carbon divestment looks profitable

June 11, 2015

Norway’s state fund and insurer AXA are ditching carbon-rich companies. The rhetoric may be ideological, but the economic case against coal and legacy utilities is strong. They face tough challenges, even if political action against climate change remains lacklustre.

Review: Growth pains for Asia’s eco-capitalists

June 5, 2015

A new book by Mark Clifford hails green business as the antidote to Asia’s environmental crisis. But the eulogy inadvertently highlights companies’ unhealthy dependence on subsidies and debt. Clean-tech businesses must confront this flaw if they are to live up to the hype.