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Best of: ESG, carbon offsets, climate tech

Ep. 10

In the last episode of our first season, Silvia takes you through our more popular shows – from our very first recording, where Alison Taylor of NYU Stern School of Business examined the “language” of ESG; to a close look at carbon markets, credits and offsetting; to a conversation with Mathias Wikström, the founder of Swedish climate tech start-up Doconomy, about education, inclusivity, and activism.


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