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Stuart Kirk, Climate Investing Critic, Resigns From HSBC

HSBC Holdings PLC executive Stuart Kirk said he resigned, seven weeks after being suspended from his job for saying climate change need not be a worry for investors.

Mr. Kirk, who was head of responsible investment and research at HSBC Asset Management, caused a firestorm with a conference presentation in May. He argued humans could adapt to climate emergencies and that policy makers were exaggerating the risks. It was taken as a broadside against the trillions of dollars flowing from investors into environmental, social and governance, or ESG, products and funds.