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GISR launches principles for rating the raters
May 09, 2013
Currently, more than 100 sustainability ratings, ranking and indices evaluate the performance of more than 10,000 companies, using more than 2,000 different indicators. The idea that this cacophony could be harmonized has long been an unattainable dream for companies.
Heeding Sandy’s Lessons, Before the Next Big Storm
May 09, 2013
It has been six months since Hurricane Sandy redrew the northern Mid-Atlantic coastline with its record storm surge and strong winds, paralyzing New York City for days, all the while offering a disturbing preview of what future storms may do to other coastal locations as sea levels continue to rise.
As Oil and Gas Drilling Competes for Water, One New Mexico County Says No
May 09, 2013
In drought-plagued New Mexico, water is gold. And this week, Mora County in the northern part of the state took a firm stand to protect its precious liquid: it banned all oil and gas extraction from county lands.
Insuring Against Heavy Weather
May 08, 2013
Insurance premiums are on the rise as extreme weather events take their toll. It's as a result, they say, of climate change. But is insurance, and business generally, doing enough to prepare for the tougher storms yet to come?
Nearly half of fracking happens in places short on water
May 08, 2013
Hydraulic fracturing uses large amounts of pressurized water — mixed with sand and chemicals — to crack subterranean rocks and release oil or natural gas. Up to 10 million gallons of water can go into a single well. And according to a new study, it’s happening in many places where water supplies are already stretched perilously thin.
Spread of Hydrofracking Could Strain Water Resources in West, Study Finds
May 08, 2013
The rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing to retrieve once-inaccessible reservoirs of oil and gas could put pressure on already-stressed water resources from the suburbs of Fort Worth to western Colorado.
The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing Summary
May 02, 2013
This is a summary report of The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing (the “Ceres Investor Blueprint”), released in June 2013.
New Study: Hydraulic Fracturing Faces Growing Competition for Water Supplies in Water-Stressed Regions
May 01, 2013
A new Ceres research paper on water use in hydraulic fracturing operations shows that a significant portion of this activity is happening in water stressed regions of the United States, most prominently Texas and Colorado, which are both in the midst of prolonged drought conditions.
Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress: Growing Competitive Pressures for Water
May 01, 2013
This Ceres research paper analyzes water use in hydraulic fracturing operations across the United States and the extent to which this activity is taking place in water stressed regions. It provides an overview of efforts underway, such as the use of recycled water and nonfreshwater resources, to mitigate these impacts and suggests key questions that industry, water managers and investors should be asking.
Phil Angelides, a Leader in Shareholder Activism and Green Investment, Wins the Joan Bavaria Award
May 01, 2013
Phil Angelides has been awarded the fifth-annual Joan Bavaria Award for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. The announcement was made today, the first day of the annual Ceres Conference, which is running May 1-2 at The Fairmont in San Francisco, CA.
General Motors is First Automaker to Join Growing Group of Businesses Calling for U.S. Policy Action on Climate Change
May 01, 2013
Seven more U.S. businesses, including U.S. automaker General Motors, have signed the Climate Declaration, a statement from Ceres and its BICEP coalition that urges federal policymakers to take action on climate change.
GISR Takes Major Step Towards Establishing a Standard of Excellence for Corporate Sustainability Ratings
Apr 30, 2013
The Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) announced the Beta Version of a set of core Principles as part of an international effort to drive excellence in corporate sustainability ratings, rankings and indices.
The New Alphabet of Renewable Energy Investing: MLPs and REITs
Apr 24, 2013
Institutional investors manage more than $70 trillion in assets globally. But when it comes to renewable energy, a large portion of that capital is sitting on the sidelines.
BICEP Backs Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation
Apr 18, 2013
BICEP announces its support for the Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness Act S.1000, re-introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH).
The shareholders putting sustainability on the agenda
Apr 17, 2013
For long-term shareholders such as institutions and pension funds, there's power in consistent ownership, and it's measured in clear increments. One vote per share.
Banks need to wake up to the risks of lending to unsustainable industries
Apr 17, 2013
As investors and as citizens, we must "pop" the carbon bubble now to protect both our economy and our environment.
Nike, EMC, Ikea and other biz giants urge U.S. climate action
Apr 17, 2013
Some of the world's largest businesses have called on America's political leaders to urgently accelerate efforts to build a greener economy.
Why water consciousness is a business imperative in China
Apr 16, 2013
Toxic industrial runoff, overdrawn ground water and even bloated pigs and dead ducks in major waterways. The list of China's water woes is long and appears to be growing.
Flooding, fires and food: Climate change is costing taxpayers plenty
Apr 16, 2013
Climate change and extreme weather are fundamentally changing the United States, and American taxpayers are paying a huge – and growing – cost.
Climate Change a Bigger Cost for American Taxpayers
Apr 15, 2013
A growing chunk of American tax dollars is footing the bill for increasing floods, fires, droughts and other climate related changes taking place in the country.