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Blogs By Ceres

A listing of blogs authored by Ceres
The Good News and Bad News of Declining Water Demand
Aug 08, 2013
Water utilities across the United States are planning major infrastructure investments in the coming decades. How much? The Environmental Protection Agency estimates about $300 billion will need to be spent by 2030 to keep our drinking water systems safe.
Regulations Helping Build California Clean Fuels Market
Jul 01, 2013
A new report, produced by Ceres and a coalition of industry partners, highlights just how rapidly California companies are developing diverse new, low-carbon fuel options to meet LCFS requirements.
The End of Cheap Water?
Jul 01, 2013
The costs of rebuilding our nation’s water infrastructure are jaw dropping: estimates range from $300 billion to $1 trillion needed over the next 30 years.
A Climate Plan For The 21st Century Economy
Jun 25, 2013
Many firms have responded to the new climate paradigm by limiting their impact. But without a national strategy on climate change, even these efforts aren’t enough to address the underlying cause of a changing climate.
Why Drivers Should Care About Sulfur Pollution
Jun 20, 2013
Most Americans pulling into gas stations are focused on the pump price, not the fuel's content. However, sulfur content and its impact on vehicle emissions and public health is worth their consideration.
The Fracker’s Quest: More Water
Jun 17, 2013
Hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) has recast the U.S.’s energy future, but it’s also shining a light on fragile water supplies, which could crimp the industry’s growth.
Ford prepares for a water-scarce future
Jun 17, 2013
Helen Keller said, "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." Her words were on my mind during a workshop at Ford Motor Company’s headquarters where Ford brought together some of its executives with outside stakeholders, kicking off a year-long effort to deepen its water strategy.
'Unburnable Carbon' or No, Fossil Fuel Companies Face a Climate Catch-22
Jun 12, 2013
What happens when your most valuable assets become liabilities? International oil, gas and coal companies may be about to find out.
Escalating Water Strains In Fracking Regions
May 30, 2013
It’s bad enough that Western farmers and ranchers are reeling from a three-year-old drought and record heat waves. Now they’re feeling the heat from the goliath energy industry – over water
Water Protection Gets Shortchanged in Proposed Fracking Rules
May 23, 2013
Proposed standards that the U.S. Department of Interior announced for fracking on federal and Indian lands are important, especially in the arid West where water is gold. Unfortunately, water protection gets short shrift in the rules that, once finalized, will apply to 750 million acres of public lands.
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.
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.
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.
Corporations Can’t Ignore Climate Change
Apr 09, 2013
When a storm like Hurricane Sandy can bring the world’s largest financial institutions to a standstill, it's crystal clear that the challenges of climate change are inextricably linked to our economy.
How Levi's includes worker well-being in supply chain management
Mar 29, 2013
In the second post of her two-part series, Andrea Moffat describes her recent experience in Cambodia working with suppliers, local NGOs and major apparel manufacturers on the implementation of a new program to improve the lives of workers.
How to build worker well-being: Levi Strauss in Cambodia
Mar 22, 2013
More than 20 years ago, LS&Co. became the first multinational apparel company to establish a comprehensive workplace code of conduct for its global suppliers. But LS&Co. concluded two years ago that the code, while important, is not enough.
Protecting Renewable Portfolio Standards from Cynical Attacks
Mar 19, 2013
Despite overwhelming support for a policy that’s already on the books, an Ohio State Senator is seeking to repeal the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard.
Can top corporations develop needed water solutions?
Feb 26, 2013
What’s one thing the Sisters of Mercy and the titans of Wall Street have in common? A deepening realization of water’s fundamental value.