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How ESG’s Reckoning May Eventually Pay Dividends

Greenwashing and middling returns bedevil the investing strategy now, but some see a better future for the unification of sustainability and finance.

Wind Turbines in Brandenburg Region as Green Solutions to Russian Gas Stymied by Europe’s Red Tape
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A lot has been written lately about how ESG is in crisis. At best, critics see the embattled investment strategy at a critical crossroads; at worst, they judge the inexorable primacy of Wall Street greed over species survival as having doomed it from the start.