The ASX ‘clean tech’ small caps to watch as environmental risk rises up the corporate agenda

A new report has highlighted the importance of environmental risks to business and ways in which organisations can better protect their bottom line using new data-driven technology.

Commissioned by clean tech company Envirosuite (ASX:EVS) the report authored by Frost & Sullivan revealed that half of businesses in a survey have experienced dramatic or significant impact from environmental factors over the past three years.

One example given in the report was in South Korea, where the government forced the temporary closure of the country’s coal-fired power plants in the 2019 winter because of the risk of air pollution in major cities.

The report said around $US44 trillion ($59.7 trillion) of economic value generation, equivalent to half the world’s gross domestic product – is moderately or highly dependent on nature.

For the first time, environmental risk factors dominated the list of top five long-term global business risks in the World Economic Forum’s

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Comcast Is Imposing Data Caps and Will Charge Customers Who Exceed Them

Figuring out how to work from home is challenging. It’s hard enough figuring out how to balance all of the things that go into work, and a family, and everything else that occupies our lives. Add to that a pandemic, and the fact that we’re now doing all of those things from home, and it can quickly get overwhelming.

One of the saving graces has been that many companies recognized the challenges people faced, and did what they could–within their own power–to alleviate those challenges where they could. For example, Zoom has removed the 40-minute time limit on free meetings for Thanksgiving. Other technology companies made versions of their software available for free.

Even Comcast, the country’s largest cable provider, had previously suspended data caps back in March. That was helpful considering how many of us were working from home while-;in many cases-;also trying to help children stay connected to

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Comcast sets data caps for D.C., Northeast states

Comcast initially responded to this trend by giving people relief from data caps, which have already been in place across the central and western U.S. for a few years. That reprieve ended in July, and now the company is expanding its controversial data thresholds to the new region starting next year.

Comcast Xfinity customers in New York, Virginia, Maryland and 11 other northeastern states, plus D.C., will be able to use up to 1.2 terabytes of data each month before they start getting charged more, regardless of what speed plan they use. After that, data will be charged at $10 for 50 gigabytes, up to a maximum of $100 additional each month.

Comcast says with that much data, you could stream five hours of 4K video every day for a month, or take part in 3,500 hours of video conferencing.

“I would think that companies should never be implementing nickel-and-diming

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Comcast Customers Sound Off On Data Caps, Telecom Company Responds Back

KEY POINTS

  • Comcast to enact fees for going over 1.2TB
  • Users outraged on social media, though the company was hitting back
  • Shares in the company were up in Tuesday trading

Telecommunications giant Comcast on Tuesday pushed back against customers’ concerns about a new data cap by arguing few if any users ever exceed the limit.

Comcast will place a 1.2 terabyte cap on its Xfinity subscribers in 14 states in the Northeast, including New York, according to a report Monday from PC Magazine.

Customer backlash followed on social media with one commentator on Twitter complaining that limits would go into effect at a time when more Americans rely on online services during the pandemic.

Others said the internet should be treated like a utility, where rates are more controlled. Another lamented the lapse of net-neutrality measures, which level the playing field for subscribers.

Comcast noted on its Twitter account

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Small Caps and Emerging Markets

If you have not already done so, I would recommend checking out Canterbury’s video that was posted last week.  It is a powerful update that provides a lot of context to today’s market structure: 

Throughout many updates in this year, we have talked about the weakness of certain asset classes in comparison to large cap stocks (the S&P 500 is an index composed of large cap stocks).  In this update, we will take an opposite approach and say that many segments of the markets, that have previously lagged, are now gaining relative strength over large cap equities.

Small Cap Equities

Small cap stocks, such as the components of an index like the Russell 2000, have certainly felt the impacts of the Coronavirus market panic more than most other equities. While the S&P 500 fell by -34% from peak to trough back in March, small cap equities saw a larger

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Payday Loan Caps Spotlight On-Demand Wages

Amid the pandemic, a ceiling on payday loans extends … state by state.

To that end, in Nebraska this week, voters approved a measure that would cap the rates levied on so-called payday loans at 36 percent throughout the state. The vote in favor of the cap, tied to Measure 428, was overwhelming, at 83 percent of the tally. Rates on those loans can reach as high as 400 percent, according to the Journal Star.

In the wake of the vote, Nebraska becomes the 17th state in the U.S., in addition to Washington, D.C., to impose such caps on payday loans, per data from the ACLU. In recent actions at the state level, Colorado put caps in place in 2018; South Dakota approved a 36 percent cap in 2016. In terms of how widespread the loans are, as estimated by the National

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Pharmaceutical Caps and Closures Market | Development of Child-resistant and Tamper-evident Packaging to Boost Growth

The pharmaceutical caps and closures market is set to grow by USD 2.43 billion accelerating at a CAGR of about 10%, during the period spanning over 2020-2024. One of the key factors driving growth is the development of child-resistant and tamper-evident packaging. Child-resistant packaging reduces the risk of children ingesting hazardous materials. Growing global sales of pharmaceuticals is a significant trend that will further stimulate market growth. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for pharmaceuticals across the world.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Pharmaceutical Caps and Closures Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

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Parent Market Analysis

Technavio categorizes the global pharmaceutical caps and closures market as a part of the global metal and glass containers

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China shares inch lower as EVs, tech firms drag; optimism around economy caps losses

* SSE -0.1%, CSI -0.01%

* CATL falls on sales via Stock Connect

* China’s fiscal revenues grow 4.7% in the third quarter

BEIJING, Oct 21 (Reuters) – China shares ended lower on Wednesday, dragged down by profit-taking in new-energy vehicle and technology stocks due to their high valuations, while confidence in the country’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic restrained the losses.

** At the close, the Shanghai Composite index was down 0.09% at 3,325.02, narrowing the loss earlier in the day. ** The blue-chip CSI300 index was down 0.01%, with its financial sector sub-index higher by 0.92%, the consumer staples sector down 0.08%, the real estate index up 0.27% and the healthcare sub-index down 0.07%. ** The sub-index for new-energy vehicle manufacturers and suppliers dropped 2.29%, while the information technology sub-index shed 1.99%.

** China’s biggest battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology’ shares (CATL) dropped as much as 5.8%

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