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Blogs By Ceres

A listing of blogs authored by Ceres
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.
Clean Trillion California Dreamin'
Mar 18, 2014
This year's Climate Leadership Conference was held in San Diego, and for good reason. The Golden State leads the nation in clean energy progress and innovation, thanks to its many forward-looking policies.
Lights, Camera … a Call for Action
Mar 05, 2014
Sunday night I cheered as Steve McQueen dedicated his Best Picture Oscar for 12 Years a Slave to “all of the people who have endured slavery, and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today.”
Insurers Have Huge Role As Clean Energy Investors
Mar 03, 2014
Conversations about climate change and the insurance industry usually focus on catastrophic storms and their damaging financial ripples for insurance providers. Given skyrocketing extreme-weather losses in recent years, it’s surely a legitimate issue that should be making insurers re-think their business models.
California’s Drought: Cheap Water, But No Free Lunch
Feb 14, 2014
Today, President Obama visited California’s Central Valley, which may be in the midst of the driest winter in centuries.
Energy efficiency, cities, and the Clean Trillion
Feb 14, 2014
$36 trillion in clean energy investment is needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Ten cities are stepping up to the plate and investors are likely to follow.
Insatiable Thirst? The Fracking/Water Collision in South Texas
Feb 07, 2014
Fifty miles south of San Antonio on Route 181, signs of the hydraulic fracturing boom taking place in the Eagle Ford Basin are everywhere. New hotels are popping up. Trucks endlessly barrel down roads. Restaurants can’t find enough workers.
The (Untapped) Carbon Conundrum
Nov 25, 2013
If the world burned all of its fossil fuel reserves, would the world as we know it be the same?
Investor Concerns About Fossil Fuels Are Growing
Nov 21, 2013
Even though a global climate deal is obviously unlikely at the UN talks in Warsaw, the fossil fuel industry’s iron-clad grip on the global economy appears to be loosening.
From Greening Hotels to Supporting a Leading Sustainability NGO
Nov 19, 2013
Ceres harnesses the power of leading investors and mainstream companies to drive the sustainability agenda in groundbreaking ways. Ceres acts as both partner and advocate - yes, it's a fine line to walk but they have deftly treaded that narrow path with consistent success.