Blogs By Ceres
A listing of blogs authored by Ceres
9 Reasons Not to be Depressed About the Planet
Dec 30, 2014
- Don’t leave 2014 without realizing there have been notable — often underreported — big capital market breakthroughs on climate change, water protection and other sustainability fronts.
Is Climate The Mother Of Innovation?
Nov 24, 2014
- Across the country, extreme weather is exposing the vulnerability of 20th century water infrastructure. his liability was brought into stark relief by a lawsuit brought by Farmers Insurance Co. against municipal sewage systems in the Chicago region for failing to invest in upgrades that could have prevented a monster rainstorm from spewing raw sewage into basements and streets.
Fossil Fuel Companies Must Evolve for Warming Planet
Nov 11, 2014
- We talk a lot in this country about what it takes to enact change -- from politics to finance and education systems. Time and again, we've seen that regular people have the power to drive reform, and that there is strength in numbers.
Climate-Savvy Investing: Insurance Sector Is Ignoring Risks & Rewards
Oct 29, 2014
- Two years after Superstorm Sandy devastated large swaths of the East Coast and cost our economy an estimated $65 billion, the insurance industry – which is on the frontlines of climate change – is still not doing enough to address the risks associated with extreme weather events, such as floods, droughts or more intense coastal storms.
Corn Belt Pollution: Louisiana Shrimp And Oysters Pay The Price
Oct 21, 2014
- Coastal Louisiana faces a complex web of environmental challenges from land loss, to declining fisheries, water quality problems and climate change.
Tackling The Oil Industry On Climate Change
Sep 23, 2014
- ‘Protect our climate’ was the rallying cry heard across New York City yesterday, but the underlying message really was ‘stop using fossil fuels.’
A Simple Equation For Closing The Clean Energy Gap
Sep 19, 2014
- There is an urgent need for an additional $1 trillion per year to be invested in clean energy over the next 36 years if the world is to avoid the potentially catastrophic environmental and economic impacts of climate change that scientists predict.
CA Farmers Find Unlikely Ally In Weathering Drought: A Major Utility Company
Aug 12, 2014
- PG&E sees a big opportunity to help farmers reduce their water use – and electricity use – at the same time. By doing so, it can save precious water, help farmers save money and help the power company itself reduce overall electricity demand.
Growing A Solution To California’s Groundwater Crisis
Aug 06, 2014
- Three years before the California drought became a national crisis, national berry giant Driscoll's, on the state’s Central Coast, knew it had a major problem with water.
Does Water Conservation Have To Be The Enemy Of Financial Stability?
Jul 16, 2014
- Pricing is a powerful tool for shaping behavior, including water use. Recognizing the power of pricing, more water utilities are adopting water rates designed to encourage customers to conserve.
Risky Business Ups The Ante On Climate Change
Jun 24, 2014
- When Tom Steyer and Robert Rubin joined me on the stage for Ceres’ 6th Investor Summit on Climate Risk at the United Nations to discuss the economic impacts of climate change, it was immediately clear that I was in the company of two businessmen who truly understood the essential role that financial leaders must play in the global transition to a low-carbon economy.
U.S. Policymakers Falling Behind Corporate America on Clean Energy
Jun 19, 2014
- Today, many of America's largest companies are strengthening their bottom lines by jumping on the clean energy bandwagon -- to the tune of more than $1 billion in savings per year.
The Quest For Sustainable Corn In Iowa
Jun 12, 2014
- As a new Ceres report released yesterday makes clear, there’s a hitch to the corn sector’s prodigious expansion: It is not sustainable, especially in regard to water quality and water use impacts, and the escalating ripples from climate change.
Oil Majors Need To Boost Leadership On Climate Change
May 29, 2014
- An international group of investors is asking the world’s largest fossil fuel companies to assess the risks they face from climate change. These investors, managing trillions of dollars in assets, are motivated by concerns that companies in their portfolios are not adequately preparing for a future of lower demand for fossil fuels as the world transitions to cleaner energy sources.
Gaining Enough Ground
May 12, 2014
- Four years ago, Ceres and Sustainalytics produced a report that it called a roadmap for sustainability for the 21st century corporation, and noted that while there were pockets of leadership in sustainability, these pockets were surrounded by oceans of incrementalism that were insufficient to address the sustainability challenges confronting us.
Have supply chains changed since the Rana Plaza calamity?
Apr 25, 2014
- One year after the collapse of the Rana Plaza apparel factory in Bangladesh killed more than 1,000 people, it is clear that things aren't changing quickly enough for workers in global supply chains.
Tamping Down On Water Use In Drought Stricken California
Apr 24, 2014
- The Dawn Creek subdivision in Lancaster, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, looks like any other neighborhood scattered across California’s Antelope Valley. But Dawn Creek contains a home like no other in the country—a so-called Double ZeroHouse that is so highly energy and water efficient that it uses zero electricity from the grid and less than half the water of an average home.
Fracking and water: what we can learn from the US experience
Apr 16, 2014
- Water is a critical but contentious resource for the fracking industry, which is booming in the US and poised to take off globally.
Fracking and My Community’s Water: What Do We Know or When Will We Know It?
Apr 16, 2014
- Controversy concerning the practice of hydraulic fracturing and unconventional oil and gas development is about more than just breaking up underground rock deposits to release gas and oil.
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Still Leaves a Painful Legacy
Mar 24, 2014
- Exactly 25 years ago, 260,000 barrels of crude oil from the Exxon Valdez oil tanker inundated the frigid, fragile waters of Alaska's Prince William Sound.