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Will climate change agenda return to the fore again?


WHILE the world has been engulfed, ravaged even, by an invisible virus over the past six months, another potential mega disaster has lurked in the shadows, if not always silently.

And, in fact, climate change is arguably far more deadly in the long run than Covid-19, with possibly more lasting and more permanent impacts on human welfare, the experts say. Brunch in The Business Times Weekend this Saturday takes stock of the climate perils and mitigation plans that have been well-flagged in recent years and asks - with the coronavirus unlikely to be vanquished anytime soon, will the climate change agenda return to the fore again before long?

The two companies were like chalk and cheese. One is a household name in the world of computer hardware and proprietary enterprise software, the other's the champion of the open source software movement that advocates free access to the intellectual property. But IBM forked out US$34 billion last July to acquire Red Hat, for a union that Red Hat CEO Paul Cormier says is a match made in heaven, in Raffles Conversation.

Meanwhile, our Investing For Impact column looks at how digitalisation is transforming and unlocking new markets across Asia, particularly for low-income individuals.

Shareholders are usually excited whenever a listed firm is privatised, as there is the prospect of higher offer or exit prices. But can the same be said for bondholders? The writer of the Insights From CFA Society Singapore column gives his take.

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