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Rethinking your pension may just be the greenest thing you can do

Changing where you keep your money could reduce your carbon footprint by up to 27 times more than giving up flying or going vegan, writes Graham Lawton

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14 October 2020

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MANY of us at New Scientist have specialist areas of weakness. Mine is physics. In the grand scheme of things, they are actually considered a strength: if I can understand an article about, say, quantum theory, then anyone can. But recently, it has dawned on me that I have a more serious weakness in my understanding of the world. One which, as I write about environmental issues, I ought to fill. The subject? Finance.

Ugh. I skim past those pages in the newspaper. As soon as somebody mentions bonds or derivatives, my brain seizes up. Frankly, …