Don’t Burn Plants

first_imgThomas also advises keeping them moist because they will dry out faster outside. After you put the plants into a bigger pot with fresh potting mix, fertilize them withone-quarter-strength fertilizer. Check for good drainage and water them thoroughly. “The whole process should take four to five days for vegetables and about two weeksfor ornamentals,” Thomas said. “Don’t put them in direct sunlight right away,” said Paul Thomas, a horticulturist withthe University of Georgia Extension Service. “It will burn leaves not used to highlight.” “They allow better air flow, better drainage and just look better,” he said. When you move plants outside, the leaves aren’t the only parts that need attention.Check the roots, too. “Shade, shade, shade is the key,” Thomas said. “Keep them shaded for a day or twountil turgid (filled out), then give them dappled light and slowly move them into longerand longer sunlight.” “Some plants will also need old leaves removed,” Thomas said. If you managed to save ferns through the winter, they may be thickly thatched withstraw. “You need to protect the plants from strong winds until new growth is established,” hesaid. “Most houseplants prefer dappled shade under trees.” When you first take outside the plants you stored indoors over the winter, or seedlingsyou’ve rooted inside, treat them like your own skin. Reintroduce them to the hotsummer sun slowly, or they too will get burned. If you started your seeds inside and are ready to plant them in your flower bed orvegetable garden, break them in gently. “Repot any root-bound plants when you move them outside,” Thomas said, “usually toa pot two inches larger all around the roots.” “Cut all the straw out, leaving any green leaves,” Thomas said. “New growth will flushafter a week or two under dappled shade if you add a quarter fertilizer and water.” Thomas always recommends repotting into clay pots. Remember to water seedlings more as you give them more light. When the bright summer sun peeks through and sunbathers take to the beaches, skingets burned. Plants are a bit like that, too.last_img read more

Climate roundup: More providers anticipate EU climate benchmark rules

first_imgISS ESG has become the latest provider to anticipate the publication of final rules for new EU climate benchmark labels, having today said it has created a family of indices that stand ready to meet the specifications.The index names will be labelled as provisional pending the publication of the detailed rules – so-called delegated acts – consistent with requirements set out by the technical expert group (TEG) that has been advising the European Commission on sustainable finance.ISS ESG, which is the responsible investment arm of US proxy advisor Institutional Shareholder Services, claimed its new family of indices, which were created in partnership wth Solactive, “exceed TEG requirements by incorporating Scope 3 emissions from inception, ahead of the four-year phase in”.ISS ESG’s announcement comes after S&P Dow Jones Indices last week outlined a concept index aligned with the more stringent of the two EU climate benchmark categories, the Paris-Aligned Benchmark (PAB). It said it was on track to launch an index series that will align with the pending detailed rules and also said its product would “go beyond” them.This would be by way of using multiple approaches, including using backward and forward-looking Trucost analytics, and incorporating transition pathway models endorsed by the Science Based Targets initiative.MSCI was the first index provider to make a public move towards the new EU climate benchmarks, having in November announced the creation of two series of provisional indices.Read moreClimate benchmarks: Brown to greenIndex providers are making the first steps towards adoption of the new EU climate benchmarksMSCI puts its stamp on Carbon Delta risk modelMSCI has followed up on its recent acquisition of climate change scenario analysis specialist Carbon Delta with the launch of its version of a tool to help investors assess their exposure to climate risk.The MSCI Climate Value-At-Risk tool measures the impact of climate change on company valuations. It builds on Carbon Delta’s model of the same name with the addition of information contained in MSCI’s data sets.“The model took a big step forward,” David Lunsford, co-founder of Carbon Delta and now head of climate strategy and policy at MSCI in Zurich, told IPE.“We’ve taken data sets that are important and critical to the model and on top of that we’ve also improved some of our physical risk modelling.”According to MSCI, the new tool has four main applications for investors:how current and future climate policies will affect companies (policy transition scenarios);the strategic low carbon investments companies are making (innovation transition scenarios);the impact and financial risk relating to several extreme weather hazards;exact temperature value signifying what future temperature a company’s activities are aligned with.MSCI completed the acquisition of Carbon Delta in October. The focal point of its development of climate change risk analytics and tools is its climate risk centre in Zurich, which was the home of the then-Carbon Delta team.BMO engagement to prioritise climate change BMO Global Asset Management will be working with systemically important global financial institutions that are significantly exposed, through their loan book and underwriting portfolio, to climate change-related risks to encourage them to adopt stronger mitigation strategies.Climate change is its key engagement priority for this year in light of the COP26 meetings in Glasgow later this year, it announced this week.As part of this it will also focus on the phase-out of coal, marine transport, and sustainable food systems.Vicki Bakhshi, director in the responsible investment team at BMO GAM, said: “The next decade is absolutely critical to meeting this ambition. Global emissions need to peak and decline to keep the chances of meeting the Paris goals alive.“Waiting for action by governments is not enough – investors and corporates need to take bold and ambitious action.”The asset manager’s engagement programme for 2020 also includes responsible drug pricing, setting the appropriate living wage, and managing antimicrobial resistance.last_img read more

COPA AMERICA: Messi Matches Batistuta’s Argentina Record

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lionel Messi became his country’s equal all-time leading goalscorer as Argentina romped to a 4-1 win over Venezuela in a Copa America quarter-final in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Saturday.A Messi goal in the 60th minute took his career tally for Argentina to 54 goals, matching the record held by Gabriel Batistuta.Messi’s strike complemented two early goals by Gonzalo Higuain, while substitute Erik Lamela completed the rout.Argentina, who are seeking their first Copa triumph since 1993, were the better side throughout but Venezuela made their life easier with some slack defending and a horrific penalty miss by Luis Manuel Seijas.The result means the 14-time champion will face host nation the United States in next Tuesday’s semi-final in Houston.“It was an important game and it feels good,” Higuain said afterwards. “Until Tuesday is not a lot of time but we will turn our head to that. Let’s see if we can win.”Argentina have lost just once to Venezuela in 20 matches and they got off to the perfect start after just seven minutes when Higuain dived to turn a delicate cross from Messi past goalkeeper Dani Hernandez.The in-form Napoli striker made it two 20 minutes later when he latched on to a slack back pass from Arquimedes Figuera to round the goalkeeper and slot the ball into the empty net.The goals roused the underdogs into action and Salomon Rondon twice came close, once bringing an excellent save out of Sergio Romero and then seeing his header crash off the post.Venezuela should have pulled a goal back two minutes from half time after Romero brought down Josef Martinez in the box. However, the Manchester United goalkeeper redeemed himself when he stood firm and Seijas’ carelessly dinked penalty sailed right into his arms.Messi, who started for the first time in the tournament after three substitute appearances, put Argentina 3-0 ahead when he worked a lovely one-two with Nicolas Gaitan and then poked the ball under Hernandez with his left foot.Venezuela were not out of it, though, and Rondon got the lightest of touches on a cross to head home and make it 3-1 after 70 minutes.However, their hope was short lived as Argentina cancelled it out just seconds later when Lamela, who had been on the field only four minutes, shot home from 12 yards to make it 4-1.The result firmly establishes Argentina as the favourites to lift their 15th Copa America and equal the number held by Uruguay.The other semi-final will be between Colombia, who beat Peru on Friday night, and either the winner of Saturday night’s Mexico-Chile tie.last_img read more