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Blogs By Ceres

A listing of blogs authored by Ceres
Forbes: Ending Quarterly Capitalism
Feb 21, 2012
Quarterly capitalism, a system that drives far too many CEOs, directors, investors, and analysts to focus on short-term performance and return on investment, is on a collision course with reality.
Forbes: Starbucks, Nike, Yahoo Tell Congress To Renew Key Wind Power Tax Credit
Feb 15, 2012
At any moment Congress will decide whether to extend the production tax credit (PTC), which gives wind power producers a 2.2 cent tax credit for every kilowatt hour of power they produce. Among those urging extension are some of America’s biggest brands and largest purchasers of wind and other renewably sourced energy.
Las Vegas Sun: Cutting water use is the best bet for Southern Nevada
Feb 10, 2012
Much of Nevada’s livelihood comes from gambling, but some things are too precious and too costly to gamble on. Unfortunately, gambling is exactly what the state’s largest provider of that most precious desert resource – water – is doing. The stakes are high for residents and businesses.
Forbes: Ending Wall Street's Big Sleep on Sustainability
Jan 27, 2012
Companies often point to investors as a reason why they’re not doing more on sustainability. “We’d like to do more…but mainstream investors just don’t care about it,” is the common refrain according to a survey by Accenture on CEO attitudes. That’s starting to change.
GreenBiz: The Economic Risks of a Water Constrained World
Jan 20, 2012
The economic slump still with us after several punishing years is largely rooted in living beyond our means -- too much spending and not enough money in the bank to cover people's expectations for the future. Tackling this disconnect is a well-worn battle cry by now in the financial markets. But it is also taking root in a far more precious and increasingly-scarce resource: fresh water. If investors and companies do not plan for this already unfolding global threat, they are as vulnerable as overextended banks were when subprime mortgages and housing markets collapsed.
Huffington Post: Major Investors Show the Way on Climate Change
Jan 18, 2012
Anyone who thinks the business world doesn't believe in acting on climate change should check out what's happening at the United Nations today. Some 450 global investors who control tens of trillion in assets are gathering for the Investor Summit on Climate Risk and Energy Solutions.
Corporate Responsibility Magazine: Drip, Drip, Drip
Jan 09, 2012
In November the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a special report examining the link between climate change and extreme weather events. Its finding: Climate change is indeed responsible for the increased frequency of pronounced heat waves, droughts, and heavy precipitation.
The Hill: Time for the Power Sector to Get to Work
Dec 22, 2011
The word on the street is the recession is behind us, but times are still tough. The economy is stagnant and businesses of all sizes are still trying to weather the economic storm that forced many to close their doors and left countless workers unemployed. For these reasons, every other word out of politicians’ mouths is “jobs,” and how we can protect them and create more.
Forbes: U.S. Climate Negotiating Team Should Take Their Cue From Investors
Dec 09, 2011
The Obama administration’s resistance to a new binding global agreement on climate change is not only disappointing; it reeks of political calculus.
Forbes: IPCC Report Confirms What Businesses Already Know - Extreme Weather & Climate Change Has Economic Impacts
Nov 23, 2011
The brouhaha over a newly released batch of climate scientists’ hacked emails should be ignored. It is nothing more than a bald attempt to derail international climate talks and distract from the increasingly rock solid research confirming that climate change is real and that more extreme weather is on the way unless we dramatically reduce carbon pollution.
The Hill: New Report Links Costly Extreme Weather to Climate Change
Nov 22, 2011
Ceres President Mindy Lubber blogs about a report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last week that reaffirms the link between a changing climate and a rise in extreme weather — and how businesses are already dealing with the impacts of extreme weather.
Environmental Finance: Engaging with Water Risk
Oct 26, 2011
For most investors, a detailed bottom-up assessment of water risk across hundreds of companies is likely to be impossible. Enter a new tool to assess corporate responses to water risk and opportunity. Ceres' Brooke Barton and Irbaris' David Hampton explain.
Florida Sun-Sentinel: Bad Weather Takes Its Toll on Property Insurance
Oct 21, 2011
What a year for cruel weather. Devastating tornadoes, heat waves, wildfires, and record-breaking floods have forced millions of Americans to experience the kind of weather-related upheavals that hurricane-hardened Floridians have long been used to. Severe weather has already caused $55 billion in economic losses in the U.S. in 2011 — and we still have a couple months to go.
Forbes: Climate Change Creates Risks — and Opportunities — for Florida Business
Oct 20, 2011
The insurance/climate change nexus is the focus of a reception Ceres is hosting in Miami at the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference. This post, done with Energi CEO Brian McCarthy, explores Florida’s unique vulnerability to climate change and the key role insurers and others businesses have in tackling this challenge.
Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Forum: Proxy Voting for Sustainability
Oct 17, 2011
It’s illogical – and quite myopic – that many of the nation’s largest institutional investors refer to shareholder-sponsored resolutions addressing material topics such as climate change, resource constraints and environmental stewardship as “special interest,” “non-routine” or involving “special circumstances.”
Forbes: Mainstream Investors Sharpen Sustainability Focus
Oct 03, 2011
Recently, the jam and syrup mogul J.M. Smuckers heard resoundingly from its stockholders on an uncommon topic: climate change and coffee prices.
Corporate Responsibility Magazine: When CROs Speak CFO
Sep 26, 2011
A growing number of companies are hiring sustainability officers to tackle challenges from waste reduction and product stewardship to green innovation. Sustainability can seem, well, squishy, to a profession that thrives on financial numbers and hard data. But that’s starting to change.
Forbes: Percolating a Sustainable Coffee Cup
Sep 19, 2011
It’s the cup we cherish for our morning ritual: the lowly-but-ubiquitous disposable coffee cup. Yet this same cup’s environmental inspiring a consumer backlash that’s grabbing boardroom attention for its potential hit to brand and customer loyalty.
Forbes: Why Environmental Policies Don't Kill Jobs
Sep 09, 2011
President Obama unveiled his jobs proposal last night and among many strong points, he rebuffed the naysayers who disparage the key role that clean technology jobs have in America’s revival.
The Hill: Energy Projects Generate Jobs
Sep 06, 2011
A bipartisan bill to help both our economy and environment is emerging in Congress — in these days of hyper-gridlock, the effort deserves our full support. The bill restores a popular financing program, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses across the country.