Posts by Yasmin Rufo

Could A Fossil-Fuels Financing Ban Help Solve The Climate Crisis?

In light of the Extinction Rebellion protests last month, it is clear that all industries, including banking and finance, are under increasing pressure to find solutions to the current climate crisis. The world’s largest public bank, the European Investment Bank (EIB) states its mission “is to foster sustainable growth within the EU and abroad.” Indeed…

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Germany’s Backlash Against Wind Power

As a leader of renewable energy, Germany’s renewable energy sector has experienced rapid growth in 27 years, from 5% of the entire electricity sector in 1990 to 36% in 2017, and aims to increase its renewable energy proportion to at least 69% in 2036. To further address the problem of climate change, the country goes…

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Labour’s National Investment Bank: A misguided investment approach or a feasible means of jump-starting small-scale UK investment?

As Outlined in the 2017 Labour party manifesto, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John Mcdonell detailed plans for the introduction of a National Investment Bank (NIB) alongside a network of regional development banks that would issue the necessary funding to ‘small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SME’s) in the UK.  This was claimed to be in response…

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The UK’s Productivity Puzzle: is a four-day work week the solution?

The UK’s upcoming General Election sees political parties offering up their latest manifestoes, stacked with creative policy solutions to the Union’s most pressing issues, including our stagnant productivity growth. In the last quarter of 2018, productivity was 18.3% below its pre-crisis trend; this gap is made clear by the adjacent graph from the Office for…

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Can Google stay Fit(bit)?

Google has recently announced the acquisition of fitness tracker company Fitbit for $2.1 billion, around a 19 per cent premium of Fitbit’s share price. Deals involving healthcare and technology are only set to increase and it has been estimated by Statista that by 2020, healthcare technology could be worth $24 billion. Therefore, what is the…

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How China is Striving to have the World’s Best Healthcare

As recently as 5 years ago, China’s healthcare system was of such poor quality that many of the wealthiest residents would leave the country for medical treatments, and a bad diagnosis for some of the poorest residents would be considered a death sentence. The Chinese government has therefore implemented a number of reforms, with one…

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India’s Credit Crisis: the next financial crash?

A credit boom. Deregulated finance markets. Flawed credit ratings. From the three statements above you would be forgiven for assuming this article was about the US Financial Crash of 2008. It is, in fact, the situation the Indian financial markets find themselves over ten years later. The announcement by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)…

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The Beginning of India’s Agrotechnological ‘Revolution’?

Climate change, inequitable supply chains, changing diets and an unsustainable population growth are modifying one of the world’s oldest industries: agriculture. As a result, the traditionally labour-intensive industry needs to adjust and become more capital-intensive. The adoption of agricultural technology (agritech) – the incorporation of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) in the farming industry at…

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A critical point for South Africa’s powerhouse

After a power struggle in the African National Congress in 2018, Cyril Ramaphosa replaced former leader Jacob Zuma as president. Ramaphosa’s calls for democratic institutions and a removal of corrupt officials, among other objectives, have improved investors’ confidence in South Africa. Major investment banks, such as Goldman Sachs, are seeking banking licenses to expand their…

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The Future of Renewable Energy: Moth-Poulsen’s Molecule

For decades, renewable energy has been at the forefront of scientific efforts tackling issues surrounding climate change and the depletion of natural resources. Research conducted by Kasper Moth-Poulsen and his team of scientists at Chalmers University, Sweden, has led to a ground-breaking discovery. The solution that they have been working on for over 11 years…

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