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Samuel Block

Samuel Block
Vice President, ESG Research

About the Contributor

Sam Block is head of Materials Sector research, responsible for both company and thematic research and model enhancements. Previously, Sam worked as an engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation. He holds a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University and a M.S. in Environmental Management and Planning from the Whiting Engineering School at Johns Hopkins University.

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  1. BLOG

    Mining’s Impact on Biodiversity: A Rising Risk? 

    Jun 9, 2021 Samuel Block , Gillian Mollod

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    Will biodiversity losses become the next crisis facing humanity, possibly surpassing climate change? Growing scrutiny on biodiversity risks could have implications for mines that threaten biodiversity or environments of high conservation value.

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    Mining Energy-Transition Metals: National Aims, Local Conflicts 

    Jun 3, 2021 Samuel Block

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    Investors are scouting for companies that mine the metals needed in new energy technologies. But some mining projects key to the transition from fossil fuels may face opposition from Native Americans for threatening sacred areas or traditional ways of life.

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    The last straw: Will plastic become the next stranded asset? 

    Aug 22, 2019 Samuel Block

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    Oil and gas companies are accelerating investment in plastics, in response to the shift away from fossil fuels. But is this pivot sustainable? Could plastic become the next stranded asset?

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    Using alternative data to spot ESG risks 

    Jun 7, 2019 Samuel Block

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    The amount of ESG-related information disclosed by corporations is on the rise, but investors still often lack a full understanding of financially relevant risks. How can they gain a better sense of where their investments are most vulnerable to ESG-related disasters?