European Commision president Ursula von der Leyen says Europe’s military needs to step up and two of the world’s biggest asset managers are quitting an investor group set up to prod companies over global warming. Plus, big food companies are jumping into new farming practices meant to store carbon underground, but there are significant hurdles.

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