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You may have heard the news that just 90 companies are responsible for almost two-thirds of the carbon emissions to the atmosphere since the industrial revolution started in 1751. What you may not have heard is that the information came from libraries saving long runs of annual reports:
I have colleagues at various universities: at Cambridge, at the British Library in London, in Sydney, in Johannesburg, Berkeley, to look at collections of annual reports housed in business libraries. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t catalogued so we had to go in person to dusty stacks and find the old reports for most of these investor-owned companies going back to the early 1900s, sometimes even earlier than that.