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The New York Times

NRG Seeks to Cut 90% of Its Carbon Emissions

The New York Times
Nov 20, 2014

NRG, which built a leading electricity business from coal and other conventional power plants, is aiming to reduce its carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050.

The Hartford Courant

Scientists Press For Climate Change Action

The Hartford Courant
Nov 04, 2014

With this week's release of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Synthesis Report, scientists from across the world lit another torch of urgency for climate action.

The New York Times

A Retreat From Weather Disasters

The New York Times
Oct 21, 2014

Today, from Florida to Delaware, property insurance near the water is becoming harder and harder to find.

NPR

Climate Activists Look For Solutions From Business, Diplomats

NPR
Sep 22, 2014

Business and corporate leaders are starting to take climate risk seriously enough to put money on the table to do something about it.

InsideClimate News

Only $1 Trillion: Annual Investment Goal Puts Climate Solutions Within Reach

InsideClimate News
Sep 15, 2014

A two-year-old number is changing the way governments, companies and investors approach the fight against climate change: $1 trillion.

KUT.org

Why Closing a Power Plant Could Be Part of Austin's Water Solution

KUT.org
Sep 02, 2014

Last week, Austin's city council approved a plan to wean Austin off Decker Power Plant electricity, opting to shutter the plant to lower citywide carbon emissions. If that happens, the lake could serve as Austin’s new city reservoir.

Institutional Investor

Analyzing Climate Risk: Why Mandatory Reporting Matters

Institutional Investor
Aug 16, 2014

Fully incorporating all risks, including climate change, into the investment-decision-making process will have a tangible impact in shifting significant capital away from high-carbon emitters toward clean energy alternatives.

Billings Gazette

In Anticipating EPA Plan, States Can Follow Examples of Neighbors

Billings Gazette
Aug 13, 2014

While debate rages on about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas pollution from existing U.S. power plants, it’s important to take a look at what is already working around the country from the standpoint of clean energy deployment.

USA Today

California houses the top greenest utilities

USA Today
Jul 24, 2014

The nation's greenest utilities tend to cluster in coastal states such as California that promote renewable power and energy efficiency, while those that score lower are located in the Southeast, says a ranking Thursday of the 32 largest U.S. electric utilities.

The Charlotte Observer

Carbon producers can meet EPA's limits as they have in the past

The Charlotte Observer
Jul 10, 2014

Nothing in past experience, or the power sector's current preparedness, suggests that the nation's electric system is at risk or that rates will spike when EPA carbon-reducing limits for power plants go into effect. Quite the contrary: cutting carbon from the electric sector is a vital step forward in creating a sustainable economy in a warming world.

Bloomberg News

Is Climate a Material Risk? Here’s What Companies Are Really Reporting

Bloomberg
Jun 30, 2014

How many companies think climate change will have a material impact on their business? Not too many, apparently. Roughly half of the 3,000 biggest publicly traded companies in the U.S. say mum’s the word, reporting zilch in their annual filings to U.S. regulators.

USA Today

Sprint CEO talks consolidation, corporate responsibility

USA Today
Jun 19, 2014

Sprint's focus now is really about "simplicity, value and innovation," Hesse said, adding that he and his management team are working hard to run a more conscious and environmentally friendly company.

NPR

Study: Climate Change Is A Growing Threat To Corn Production

NPR
Jun 12, 2014

Volatile weather has led to supply and price shocks that have rippled through 16 industries dependent on corn. From the meat industry to the ethanol industry, prices are higher for consumers.

ABC News

Food Companies Work With Farmers on Sustainability

ABC News
Jun 11, 2014

U.S. companies relying on farmers for the raw materials in their products must take a more active role in ensuring the crops are grown in a way that minimizes damage to water, soil, and environment, a report released Wednesday said.

USA Today

More solar energy powering Corporate America

USA Today
May 10, 2014

Corporate America is going solar as more companies join President Obama's call to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Sustainable Brands

Ceres Conference and Report Ask: Is Corporate Sustainability Gaining Ground or Losing Pace?

Sustainable Brands
May 06, 2014

Global social and ecological systems are now breaking down, facing us with a choice between watching trillions of dollars of value destroyed in stranded fossil fuel assets or harvesting trillions in value, newly created by clean energy.

Fast Company

Are The 613 Largest U.S. Public Companies Actually Working On Sustainability?

Fast Company
Apr 30, 2014

Corporations are getting better at incorporating sustainability into their business structure, but not fast enough and not to the scale that the planet demands.

The Guardain UK

Ceres report: US corporate progress on sustainability remains incremental

The Guardian
Apr 30, 2014

The latest evidence that businesses are failing to grasp the need to restructure their business models comes from an analysis of 613 major publicly listed US companies, which represent three-quarters of the country's total stock market capitalisation.

The Guardain UK

Business lobbying on climate change is 'a murmur and not a message'

The Guardian
Apr 11, 2014

A coalition including IKEA, Mars and eBay is lobbying US government for regulation to curb climate change. But for Washington to listen, businesses must make it a core issue

Green Money Journal

Building a Sustainable Global Economy

Green Money Journal
Apr 01, 2014

Ceres’ launch was inspired by the horrific Exxon Valdez oil spill. At that time the very idea of corporations having an ethic to measure and improve social and environmental performance beyond legal requirements was considered implausible. Today the landscape is remarkably different.

Cable News Network

Even oil companies don't want a 'roasted world'

CNN
Mar 25, 2014

When climate scientist Rosina Bierbaum speaks, her central theme is the "roasted world" -- a bleak picture of what the planet will probably look like if carbon pollution continues unchecked.

The Guardain UK

Exxon Mobil agrees to report on climate change's effect on business model

The Guardian
Mar 20, 2014

The oil giant Exxon Mobil has agreed for the first time to report on how climate change could affect its business model, campaign groups say.

The New York Times

In Shift, Exxon Mobil to Report on Risks to Its Fossil Fuel Assets

The New York Times
Mar 20, 2014

Energy companies have been under increasing pressure from shareholder activists in recent years to warn investors of the risks that stricter limits on carbon emissions would place on their business.

E&E Publishing

CEOs face rising shareholder interest in managing corporate climate risks

E&E Publishing
Mar 07, 2014

Activist investors will put forward a record 142 shareholder resolutions during the upcoming proxy season asking corporations to strengthen their environmental commitments in areas ranging from greenhouse gas reductions and energy efficiency to deforestation and water use.

The Washington Post

When global warming hurts business

The Washington Post
Feb 28, 2014

Some of the biggest West Coast businesses are pushing Congress and state government to act on climate change legislation. But it’s less about global warming and more about their bottom lines.

Bloomberg News

How to Save Water on Fracking

Bloomberg
Feb 20, 2014

Among the environmental worries posed by hydraulic fracturing, including the release of methane into the air and contamination of groundwater, one has recently escalated: the concern that the enormous quantities of water used in fracking will leave parts of the country parched.

Des Moines Register

Fracking's water use sets up fight with cities and farmers

Des Moines Register
Feb 15, 2014

It’s no secret that hydraulic fracturing in the production of oil and natural gas uses enormous amounts of water.

Reuters

Investor group demands fossil fuel companies disclose carbon asset risk

Reuters
Feb 12, 2014

A group of investors with combined assets of over $200 billion filed shareholder resolutions on Wednesday with ten energy companies, including Exxon Mobil and Southern Co, demanding they disclose their strategies for competing in a lower-carbon future.

USA Today

Report: Fracking raising water supply worries

USA Today
Feb 05, 2014

The USA's domestic energy boom is increasing demands on water supplies already under pressure from drought and growing populations, a new report says.

The Texas Tribune

Report: Water Availability a Risk for Oil, Gas Drillers

The Texas Tribune
Feb 05, 2014

A new national report on hydraulic fracturing and water use suggests that oil and gas companies are at risk of running short on the precious resource — especially in South Texas, where the drilling boom took off just two years ago as a severe drought was taking hold and has not let up.

The Huffington Post

The Largest Risk (and Opportunity) Investors Are Ignoring

The Huffington Post
Feb 03, 2014

Tackling climate change -- and thus keeping the world inhabitable -- is an achievable goal, but it will become prohibitively expensive if we wait to act.

The Boston Globe

Investors see green in clean energy

The Boston Globe
Jan 25, 2014

It was not the usual roundup of environmental activists saying the sky is falling. Instead, it was the biggest bankers and insurance companies calling for massive investments in clean energy lest we — and they — pay in massive damages from climate change.

Bloomberg News

Renewable Energy at $254 Billion? Let’s Make It a Clean Trillion

Bloomberg
Jan 16, 2014

Billionaire bankers gathered at the United Nations yesterday to call for more investment in renewable energy -- $1 trillion a year, to be exact.

Mother Jones

How Wall Street Can Solve the Climate Crisis

Mother Jones
Jan 16, 2014

One of the hard truths about climate change solutions—whether they're solar panels, protective seawalls, or carbon-sucking golf balls—is that somebody has to pay for them.

Reuters

Wanted: major investors to spend 'clean trillion' on climate

Reuters
Jan 15, 2014

Major institutional investors will need to ratchet up their investment in clean energy to achieve the massive funding goals necessary to avert catastrophic climate change, according to a report released on Wednesday by Ceres.

The Guardain UK

UN climate chief calls for tripling of clean energy investment

The Guardian
Jan 14, 2014

The United Nations climate chief has urged global financial institutions to triple their investments in clean energy to reach the $1 trillion a year mark that would help avert a climate catastrophe.

CNS News

Ski Season Renews Calls for Federal Government to ‘Combat Climate Change’

CSN News
Dec 09, 2013

With the ski season underway in the United States, a petition that was announced in May asking lawmakers to address “climate change” is again in the spotlight as climate change advocates launched a video campaign on social media last week.

The Atlantic

The Carbon Time Bomb in Your Retirement Account

The Atlantic
Dec 09, 2013

Will climate change leave your investment portfolio stranded like a polar bear on melting ice floe? If your pension fund or 401(k) manager invests in fossil-fuel companies, it just might.

The Guardain UK

Investors demand oil, coal and power companies assess climate change risks

The Guardian
Nov 20, 2013

Regulatory, market and societal forces are changing the global landscape. Fossil fuel companies cannot expect business as usual for much longer

Bloomberg News

Oil's Future Draws Blood and Gore in Investment Portfolios

Bloomberg
Nov 18, 2013

Oil and coal companies worth more than $7 trillion may be sinking billions of dollars today into projects that will never make sense to finish.

Reuters

New Obama order aims to prepare communities for severe weather

Reuters
Nov 01, 2013

In another move to address the impact of climate change, President Barack Obama ordered a bipartisan task force on Friday to help U.S. communities brace for longer heat waves, heavier downpours, more severe wildfires and worse droughts.

CBC News

Oil firms asked to account for climate change risk

CBC News
Oct 30, 2013

A group of global institutional investors have asked the world’s oil companies to determine how much risk they face from potential policies to reduce carbon emissions.

InsideClimate News

Wall Street Demands Answers From Fossil Fuel Producers on 'Unburnable' Carbon

InsideClimate News
Oct 24, 2013

A well-heeled coalition of investors is asking top fossil fuel companies to calculate the risks of plowing billions into new oil, gas and coal projects.

Ensia

Rethinking Big Water

Ensia
Oct 21, 2013

Las Vegas has long served as a stereotype of human excess: gambling, drinking, sex, all-you-can-eat buffets. But the latest chapter is playing out away from the Strip, in the part of the valley where two decades of booming development have swelled the population to 2 million residents who rely on a dwindling water supply.

Marketplace

IPCC climate report sets upper limit for global emissions

Marketplace
Sep 27, 2013

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, just released its new report on global warming. It reinforces the conclusion that global warming is predominantly caused by human activity and sets an upper limit for the carbon emissions the world's economies can create.

Fast Company

Start Your Timers: We Have 30 Years Left To Fix Climate Change (But Who Cares?)

Fast Company
Sep 27, 2013

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report has made it official: We're causing climate change and time is running out. If only people would read it and do something.

KUOW

Washington’s Top Firms Silent On Climate Risks Despite SEC Rule

KUOW
Sep 25, 2013

Most publicly held companies — including some of the biggest companies in Washington — aren’t informing investors of the risks they face from climate change.

Crain's Chicago Business

We signed the Climate Declaration — and your firm should, too

Crain's Chicago Business
Aug 20, 2013

In May, Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. became the first major Chicago company to sign the Climate Declaration, a call for a coordinated effort to combat climate change. Becoming a signatory is more than just words — it underscores our view that climate change is a serious global challenge that represents a major economic opportunity in terms of energy savings.

Reuters

Exclusive: Bakken flaring burns more than $100 million a month

Reuters
Jul 29, 2013

Oil drillers in North Dakota's Bakken shale fields are allowing nearly a third of the natural gas they drill to burn off into the air, with a value of more than $100 million per month, according to a study to be released on Monday.

Property Casualty 360

Two New States to Require Climate Risk Survey; More Companies Must Now Respond

Property Casualty 360
Jul 18, 2013

Connecticut and Minnesota regulators have decided to join California, New York and Washington in requiring insurers to respond to a survey on climate change.

Bloomberg News

Insurance Coverage Crossroads: The Insurance Industry Appears Largely Unprepared to Weather Risks of Climate Change

Bloomberg Law
Jul 08, 2013

Data is now confirming that warming of the atmosphere and oceans is playing a direct role in the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events. According to a recent report by Ceres, many insurers are unprepared to weather these changes.

Pensions & Investments

Ceres urges institutional investors to promote sustainability

Pensions & Investments
Jun 26, 2013

Pension funds and other asset owners, along with their money managers, need to transform their investment process to promote sustainability in the economy.

Bloomberg News

Alberta’s Oil Sands Raise Flaring Emissions as Rules Lag

Bloomberg
Jun 18, 2013

In the farming country of northwest Alberta, heavy oil wells are becoming more common than cattle and combines. Along with money and jobs, the boom has brought smells and fumes that are adding to the greenhouse gas emissions from Canada’s oil sands.

Center for American Progress

Fracking Can Strain U.S. Water Supplies

Center for American Progress
Jun 14, 2013

As the level of hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells in the U.S. has intensified in recent years, much of the public concern has centered on fears that underground water supplies could be contaminated. But in some parts of the country, worries are also growing about fracking’s effect on water supply, as the water-intensive process stirs competition for the resources already stretched thin by drought or other factors.

NH Union Leader

Betsy Blaisdell: A federal green energy policy everyone can support

New Hampshire Union Leader
Jun 06, 2013

Our daily livelihoods depend on the outdoors. And we’re worried. We see the effects of climate change — not only in our surroundings, but in our potential revenues.

Journal of Petroleum Technology

Improving Management of Deepwater Oil Drilling Risks

Jun 05, 2013

BP has borne the costs of the Macondo deepwater drilling accident, but it is not the only firm exposed to risk. Institutional investors are using multiple strategies to find how companies involved in offshore drilling are assessing and managing the risks from deepwater drilling.

Environmental Leader

Investor Group Proposes ESG Disclosure Rules

Environmental Leader
May 13, 2013

The Ceres-led Investor Network on Climate Risk has proposed that companies listed on US and global stock exchanges be required to include a series of environmental, social and governance sustainability disclosures in their annual financial filings.

The Motley Fool

Sustainable Profits: Managerial Failure Vs. Visionary Leadership

The Motley Fool
May 10, 2013

Sustainability advocacy organization Ceres held its annual conference in San Francisco last week, and it was full of thought-provoking presentations and conversations about sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) opportunities and challenges.

National Geographic

As Oil and Gas Drilling Competes for Water, One New Mexico County Says No

National Geographic
May 02, 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.

San Francisco Chronicle

Nearly half of fracking happens in places short on water

San Francisco Chronicle
May 02, 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.

The New York Times

Spread of Hydrofracking Could Strain Water Resources in West, Study Finds

The New York TImes
May 02, 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.

BBC

Insuring Against Heavy Weather

BBC World Service
May 01, 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?

Climate Central

Heeding Sandy’s Lessons, Before the Next Big Storm

Climate Central
Apr 30, 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.

GreenBiz.com

GISR launches principles for rating the raters

GreenBiz
Apr 29, 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.

GreenBiz.com

Nike, EMC, Ikea and other biz giants urge U.S. climate action

GreenBiz
Apr 12, 2013

Some of the world's largest businesses have called on America's political leaders to urgently accelerate efforts to build a greener economy.

The Guardain UK

US companies issue declaration urging government to act on climate change

The Guardian
Apr 12, 2013

US companies are flipping the script: instead of lobbying government to relax (or even gut) environmental regulation, a corporate group is urging Washington to enact strong policy aimed at curbing climate change.

POLITICO

To fix the climate, think like a business

Mike Ward
Apr 11, 2013

The innovations of the past century have helped drive growth and improve the livelihoods of many millions of people, but the result is a long way from a sustainable society.

LiveScience

Unhappy Returns: Climate Change's Big Tax on Americans

LiveScience
Apr 10, 2013

Climate change and extreme weather are fundamentally changing the United States, and American taxpayers are paying a huge, and growing, cost.

PRI's The World

Greening Executive Bonuses

PRI's The World
Mar 28, 2013

Mindy Lubber talks with Jason Margolis of PRI's The World about tying executive's compensation to a company's sustainability goals.

USA Today

Report: Most insurers not prepared for climate change

USA Today
Mar 07, 2013

Are insurers ready for the risks posed by climate change? New study finds most aren't fully prepared, but the industry says it can handle claims.

Austin American-Statesman

Conservation is conservative approach to solving Texas water problems

Austin American-Statesman
Feb 25, 2013

Testimony to the drought of 2011 is still all around us. On the heels of the drought, the idea of seeding a fund to meet the next 50 years of Texas’ water supply needs is a hard idea to pass up.

The Global Journal

The Global Journal Top 100 NGOs: Number 6, Ceres

The Global Journal
Feb 12, 2013

Ceres has been ranked 6th on The Global Journals list of the Top 100 NGOs, a comprehensive ranking of organizations operating within the non-profit world.

National Journal

The Scary Truth About How Much Climate Change is Costing You

National Journal
Feb 07, 2013
Norfolk, VA

While policymakers fiddle, the threat of economic harm posed by rising sea levels, devastating storms, and drought is growing every day.

InsideClimate News

Unlikely Firms Bring Clout and Cash to Clean Energy Lobbying Effort

InsideClimate News
Jan 22, 2013

Companies with no direct ties to renewable power lobbied to save the wind tax credit, signaling a change in the fight for clean energy incentives.

Pensions & Investments

Schapiro legacy a tougher stance on ESG issues

Pensions & Investments
Jan 21, 2013

Mary L. Schapiro, who stepped down last month as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, had a four-year tenure marked by significant accomplishment.

Bloomberg News

Clean Energy Support Falls Again to $254 Billion in 2013

Bloomberg
Jan 15, 2013

The decline in investment in renewable energy accelerated in 2013 as the cost of solar panels and wind farms fell, unsettling investor confidence in alternatives to fossil fuels.

Financial Advisor

Afraid New World

Financial Advisor
Jan 04, 2013

When the Atlantic Ocean breached the banks of Manhattan Island and the lights went out south of Broadway, turning Lower Manhattan black, it was likely the first time many in the Northeast realized their environment is seriously changing.

The New York Times

Water Piped to Denver Could Ease Stress on River

The New York TImes
Dec 09, 2012

The federal government has come up with dozens of ways to enhance the diminishing flow of the Colorado River. Among the proposals, is a more extreme and contentious approach which calls for building a pipeline from the Missouri River to Denver, nearly 600 miles to the west.

Financial Times

Carbon emissions: Business fails to reduce footprint

Financial Times
Nov 25, 2012

Most corporate responsibility reports include information on the company’s carbon footprint and an ambitious reduction goal. However, while leading companies are making progress, some experts argue that business as a whole is falling behind.

PBS

Climate Change Causes Insurers to Rethink Price of Risk After Hurricane Sandy

PBS NewsHour
Nov 21, 2012

The insurance industry looks at historical data, old and new, in order to assess the risk for potential disasters and put a price on premiums. But when Sandy hit the Northeast, some insurance companies reconsidered if they priced insurance high enough for the greater risks brought on by climate change.

NPR

Green Insurance May Get Boost From Sandy

National Public Radio
Nov 13, 2012

Storms like Sandy are a huge liability for homeowners, businesses, and insurers.

National Journal

The Art of the Possible in Energy and Environment Policy

National Journal
Nov 12, 2012

Do the results of the 2012 election pave the way for Washington to achieve bipartisan energy and environment policies?

The New York Times

A Change in the Weather on Wall Street

The New York Times
Nov 07, 2012

With Wall Street under water, it's time to get serious about climate change.

New Jersey Star Ledger

The Star-Ledger: A Q&A on ... disaster insurance

Nov 04, 2012
New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy has shuttered — and shredded — businesses throughout New Jersey. It’s the type of storm that climate change experts have predicted: Bigger. Nastier. Worsened by higher water temperatures and heavier moisture in the air.

Wired Magazine

How Insurers Can Foil the Next Hurricane Sandy

Wired
Oct 31, 2012

With the recent proliferation of extreme weather events — most recently Hurricane Sandy — industry watchers say it’s time for insurers to lobby for big changes, this time to mitigate disasters tied to global climate change.

The Washington Post

How storms like Sandy batter insurance companies

The Washington Post
Oct 27, 2012

Weather forecasters certainly have a difficult job right now, trying to predict when an unpredictable “frankenstorm” will make landfall.

The Street

5 Insurance Stocks in Hurricane Sandy's Crosshairs

The Street
Oct 26, 2012

While 2012 has been a much better year for property and casualty insurers than 2011, Hurricane Sandy could change that, with its surprising timing, direction, and possibly its duration.

The Globe and Mail

Investor group says oil sands industry must cut environmental risks

The Globe and Mail
Oct 21, 2012

An international group of investment funds with investments in Alberta’s oil sands is concerned the industry’s environmental performance could be creating financial risk.

A.M. Best Company

Population Growth in Cat-Prone Areas Contributes to Insured Losses

A.M. Best Company
Oct 17, 2012

Growing populations and higher densities in areas of the U.S. prone to severe weather, coupled with a potential shift in the risk landscape due to climate change, have been contributing to a rise in insured loss tabs.

Insurance Journal

Report Points to Insurance Industry’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

Insurance Journal
Oct 08, 2012

A new report from Ceres urges the insurance industry to act to protect itself and the community against the increasing frequency of extreme weather due to climate change.

Financial Advisor

Food, Water Shortages Should Alarm All Investors

Financial Advisor
Oct 04, 2012

Sustainability needs to be embraced by all investors and integrated across capital markets if the world is to address its most pressing problems.

Bloomberg News

In New Orleans, Entergy Prepares for the Next Big One

Bloomberg Businessweek
Oct 04, 2012

The power utility Entergy (ETR), which serves 2.8 million customers along the Gulf Coast and in Arkansas, announced that it had developed a new framework to compensate landowners for preserving swamps as part of one of the more aggressive climate risk management plans in the country.

The Daily Nebraskan

Utilities expert urges shift in power sources

The Daily Nebraskan
Sep 24, 2012

As a historic drought drives attention to climate change, Ron Binz, a consultant and 30-year veteran of public power, came to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Monday afternoon with a daunting and urgent message on energy.

Bloomberg News

Insurers Pressed to Take Lead in Tempering Climate Risk

Bloomberg Businessweek
Sep 20, 2012

U.S. property-casualty insurers should take a leadership role in preparing for climate-change risks as severe weather becomes more frequent, a lobbying group said.

The Hill

Starbucks, Ben & Jerry's join lobby push for wind credit

The Hill
Sep 18, 2012

Businesses that support wind power are turning up the pressure on Congress to extend a tax incentive for the industry before it expires at the end of the year.

The Boston Globe

Complaints are few as fuel efficiency rises

The Boston Globe
Sep 12, 2012

The auto industry continues to be a strong supporter of the Obama Obama administration’s recently announced 54.5-mile-per-gallon fuel standard for cars by 2025.

Institutional Investor

Global Warming Ascends Agenda of Socially Responsible Investors

Institutional Investor
Sep 07, 2012

Among public pension funds in the U.S., the large California plans have long been the most public and progressive when it comes to considering the impact of environment, social matters and corporate governance, on their investment portfolio. Increasingly they are not alone.

Colorado Springs Gazette

Colorado Springs Gazette: The least costly, most efficient solution for the Springs

Colorado Springs Gazette
Sep 04, 2012

Saving electricity is the lowest cost, cleanest and least risky resource available to utilities. Increasing energy efficiency provides important co-benefits including local job creation, water savings, and reduced air pollution.

Bloomberg News

Romney Needs to Make a U-Turn on Fuel Standards

Bloomberg
Aug 28, 2012

The Obama administration's fuel-economy standards, finalized today, highlight the stark choice voters face this November about the path of U.S. energy policy.

The New York Times

The New York Times: Will Emissions Disclosure Mean Investor Pressure on Polluters?

The New York Times
Aug 24, 2012

New reports and financial tools are encouraging greater disclosure from companies while, hopefully, also pushing investors to build more responsible portfolios.

Ethical Corporation

Ethical Corporation: New rigorous ratings tools help investors and companies

Ethical Corporation
Aug 10, 2012

The Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings offers an opportunity for credible corporate performance assessment.

The Houston Chronicle

The Houston Chronicle: Expiration of tax credit threatens wind industry

The Houston Chronicle
Aug 10, 2012

For years, the federal government has supported innovation in the energy sector, funding everything from advanced drilling techniques to more efficient turbine design.

The Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle: In the dark in assessing financial risk of offshore disasters

The Houston Chronicle
Aug 03, 2012

Ceres analyzed safety and environmental risk disclosures in the regulatory filings of 10 big energy companies, including BP, Chevron and Exxon Mobil and found that seven provided no information on the development of safety programs. The other three offered only broad statements about safety but no data or details.

Forbes

Forbes: Coal-Fired Carbon Emissions Fall As Transition To Cleaner Energy Accelerates

Forbes
Jul 31, 2012

Thanks to cheap natural gas and a boom in renewable energy, the U.S. is accelerating a shift away from coal-fired power plants, resulting in falling emissions of carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants.

Investment & Pensions Europe

Investors keep climate- change strategies despite uncertainty

Investment & Pensions Europe
Jul 25, 2012

A majority of investors have retained and boosted their climate change investment strategies despite economic and political uncertainties, according to a new report.

GreenBiz.com

GreenBiz: NASDAQ to promote sustainability disclosure

GreenBiz
Jul 17, 2012

One accomplishment reached at Rio+20 was an agreement by five members of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative to promote reporting on environmental, social, and corporate governance risks and opportunities by listed companies.

Environmental Finance

Environmental Finance: Shareholders make Apple, Colgate, Dell act on sustainability

Environmental Finanace
Jul 10, 2012

Shareholder resolutions have spurred companies to made commitments to tackle environmental and social risks in their operations and supply chains in 44 out of 108 cases tracked by Ceres in 2012.

The Bakersfield Californian

The Bakersfield Californian: Ask reinsurers about climate change

The Bakersfield Californian
Jul 07, 2012

It's hard to pin a single event -- like the heat wave that's gripped the Mid-Atlantic for the past week -- on climate change. But some of the predicted impacts of global warming made by climate scientists over the past decade can no longer be ignored

Fox News

Fox News: Rising Sea Levels Pose Threat to East Coast

Fox News
Jun 25, 2012

FOX 25's Mark Ockerbloom talks with Mindy Lubber, the President of Ceres, about the rising sea levels and the possible threats the elevated waters pose to the East Coast.

Bloomberg News

Bloomberg: Bacteria Work Shows Profit in Openness

Bloomberg
Jun 18, 2012

Companies from beverage maker PepsiCo Inc. to sporting goods maker Puma SE are finding that lowering their impact on the environment can also boost earnings. Their efforts mean lower fuel and water use and savings on waste disposal.

The Guardain UK

The Guardian: Rio+20 - the Earth Summit diaries

The Guardian
Jun 15, 2012

From Rio de Janeiro, Jo Confino provides behind the scenes insight of all that's going on from a business perspective at the Earth Summit.

The Washington Post

Washington Post: Rio Earth summit nears as scientists warn planet faces grave threats

The Washington Post
Jun 07, 2012

As thousands of people prepare to convene in Brazil this month for the Rio+20 Earth Summit, scientists and environmentalists alike are sending a sharp message: The planet is in dire straits.

The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun: Storm warnings

The Baltimore Sun
Jun 04, 2012

People can't make informed investment decisions unless corporations clearly disclose their financial risks from climate change. Increasingly violent weather worldwide is putting investments at risk, and people can't make informed decisions without knowing the consequences to individual companies. The problem is spelled out in a report, "Physical Risks From Climate Change" by Calvert Investments, Oxfam America and Ceres.

Pensions & Investments

Pensions & Investments: Report calls for more climate impact disclosure

Pensions & Investments
Jun 01, 2012

Investors need to get more information on how the companies in which they invest are facing and managing risks posed by climate change, according to a report released Thursday by Calvert Investments, Ceres and Oxfam America.

E&E Publishing

E&E Energy Wire: Investors urged to take cautious approach to development

E & E Publishing, Energy Wire
May 30, 2012

Business investor coalition Ceres issued a report today siding with the Obama administration's cautious plan for developing oil shale reserves on federal land, outlining five key risks that could undermine commercial-scale oil shale development.

MarketWatch

Consumers should reward supply-chain heroes

MarketWatch
May 25, 2012

The cult of consumer awareness needs to run deeper than what sounds good or looks good. Supply-chain heroes need to be honored. Holding them out might just change perceptions of what makes a good company and what makes one bad.

POLITICO

Gas mileage boost could fuel economy

Politico
May 23, 2012

Republicans are now seeking to create jobs, strengthen national security and boost economic growth. Improving the gas mileage on our cars and trucks can help us do all of them. So Republicans should embrace a proposal, expected to be finalized this summer, to raise national fuel-efficiency standards to an average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

E&E Publishing

Range of experts extoll virtues of new rule at Capitol Hill forum

E & E Publishing, Energy Wire
May 23, 2012

The proposed federal fuel economy standards have garnered backing from a wide range of supporters, from drivers to small businesses, according to members of a panel who spoke yesterday on Capitol Hill.

E&E Publishing

Public Policy Consulting's Binz suggests risk-aware regulation for state commissioners

E & E Publishing, Energy Wire
May 21, 2012

Ron Binz, a principal with Public Policy Consulting and a former chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, discusses a new Ceres report focusing on what state regulators need to know about electric utility risk.

Responsible Investor

CalPERS says investors must put ‘F’ for financial reform into ESG

Responsible Investor
May 02, 2012

CalPERS, the $235bn (€177bn) US pension fund giant, says institutional investors must extend their sustainability efforts towards improved financial regulation and derivatives reform if they are to avoid the danger of market meltdowns.

World Resource Institute

The Audaciousness of Hope: Reasons for Optimism at the Ceres Conference 2012

WRI Insights
May 01, 2012

Let me ‘fess up. The state of the environment sometimes gets me down. But attending the Ceres annual conference this week gave me a refreshing dose of optimism. Here are three rays of hope from the conference.

GreenBiz.com

Lessons from Ceres: How to expand corporate leadership

GreenBiz
Apr 30, 2012

Great work from just a few companies isn't enough to combat climate change and build a thriving, sustainable global economy. That was the message from Ceres leader Mindy Lubber when she announced a new report, The Road to 2020, at the nonprofit's annual conference last week.

The Globe and Mail

Do more to help business adapt to climate change, Ottawa told

The Globe and Mail
Apr 30, 2012

An advisory group that was axed in the recent federal budget says Ottawa needs to show more leadership in encouraging businesses to prepare for the impacts of climate change. The National Round Table on the Economy and Environment was created by former prime minister Brian Mulroney 25 years ago but, in last month’s budget, was given a year to wind down its operations.

Sustainable Businesses

CalPERS Invests $1.2 Billion in Renewable Energy

Apr 27, 2012

The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public pension fund in the U.S. with a $235 billion investment porfolio, released its first report on its efforts to invest sustainably. The report was released at the Ceres Conference in Boston this week. Ceres is a coalition of investors and environmentalists working together to integrate sustainability into the capital markets. CalPERS helped found Ceres in 1989.

The Lowell Sun

Businesses told energy policy must be changed

The Lowell Sun
Apr 27, 2012

For every one degree Celsius that the air temperature increases, the atmosphere absorbs 7 percent more moisture from the ground. And that results in extreme weather patterns that threaten the livelihood -- and, ultimately, the existence -- of human beings, said Rifkin, president of The Foundation of Economic Trends in Bethesda, Md., who teaches business at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. But that's not the only reason businesses should start relying on alternative energy sources. Humans have already used up half of the crude oil, which was relatively easy to reach and produce, available on the planet, Rifkin said. "We cannot afford the price of the other half," Rifkin told about 600 business leaders and policymakers gathered yesterday in Boston for the CERES Conference on sustainable economy.

The Motley Fool

Will Your Stocks Survive Until 2020?

The Motley Fool
Apr 27, 2012

Creating more sustainable businesses will pave the way to a better economic future overall. Although responsible business practices that respect the environment and integrate positive social practices haven't always been first and foremost on many investors' minds, more and more long-term shareholders see the important connection. Sadly, most corporate managements are way behind the curve on this common sense, even survivalist, strategy.

The Boston Globe

EPA chief says administration plans further steps to combat climate change

The Boston Globe
Apr 27, 2012

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson says the Obama administration plans to take further action to combat climate change. She said the administration plans to further exploit natural gas while also investing in renewable energy, has provided the necessary permits to facilitate offshore wind projects, and lauded Massachusetts for taking a leading role in trying to reduce the dangerous greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere.

POLITICO

Jackson dances around future greenhouse gas plans

Politico
Apr 26, 2012

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Thursday danced around the agency’s plans for future regulations of greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. Speaking at the CERES Conference in Boston, Jackson said the public discourse is focused on what is coming next.

ClimateWire

Boston to shrug aside climate risk, proceed with waterfront development

ClimateWire
Apr 26, 2012

This city's foremost environmental official yesterday said low-lying Beantown has no intention of backing away from waterfront development because of risks associated with sea-level rise and saltwater infiltration. Jim Hunt, chief of environment for Boston, told attendees at a Ceres investor's conference that the city is "quietly" planning for climate change resiliency, but that does not mean rethinking a 1,000-acre project in the so-called Innovation District.

World Resource Institute

Complementary Tools to Evaluate Water Risk and Response

WRI Insights
Apr 24, 2012

In response to the growing urgency of water risk, there has been a proliferation of tools, frameworks and surveys aiming to help companies, investors and others understand and respond to these water risks. The different tools and approaches provide a valuable diversity of expertise and a better understanding of the nature of water stress, but it is not always clear which tools should be used by whom, for what, and how they overlap or complement one another.

Levi Strauss & Co. Unzipped

Levi Strauss & Co. Unzipped: The People Who Make Our -- Your -- Clothes

Levi Strauss & Co. Unzipped
Apr 17, 2012

At last year's Ceres conference in Oakland, Levi Strauss & Co. announced a bold commitment to improve conditions in its global supply chain. The company's efforts to date on the project, done in close collaboration with Ceres, are outlined in a white paper announced today.

CT Post

Energy efficiency is common ground for business survival

Connecticut Post
Apr 13, 2012

You don't need to be an expert to plainly see the imperative and the opportunity for Connecticut businesses embedded in energy efficiency. A gathering of experts living on the frontlines -- business leaders and their counterparts in government, academia and advocacy -- recently removed any lingering doubt.

Environmental Leader

Ebay Installs Solar Panels after Utah Lobbying Victory

Environmental Leader
Apr 11, 2012

Ebay has installed its largest renewable energy project – a 665 kW solar installation at its Topaz data center in South Jordan, Utah – enabled by a recent legislative victory. Senate Bill 12, signed into law on March 21, allows companies to buy and transmit power directly from renewable energy developers. Ebay lobbied for the law with an association of data center professionals representing 1,000 companies in 66 countries, including Google, Oracle, Twitter and Adobe.

UPI

Auto Outlook: Automakers rewarded as buyers opt for gas-sippers

United Press International
Apr 08, 2012

High gasoline prices may be helping the auto industry to its best year in recent memory with sales on pace to top 15 million vehicles on an annual basis. With unleaded regular near or exceeding $4 a gallon in most of the country, some U.S. auto executives have already proclaimed 2012 the year of the car as consumers scrap or trade-in aging, repair-prone vehicles for new more fuel-efficient passenger cars and smaller SUVs.

The Salt Lake Tribune

Why move Western water?

The Salt Lake Tribune
Apr 05, 2012

Across the West, proposed high-stakes projects to tap new water supplies are generating well-deserved controversy. It’s well-deserved because these projects ignore cheaper alternatives that make a lot more sense in the long term. The building proposals also share extremely large price tags that place uncertain but likely onerous levels of financial burden on present and future taxpayers and ratepayers.

Bloomberg News

Buffett Says Shortcuts on Environment Can Risk Profits

Bloomberg News
Apr 02, 2012

Warren Buffett, the billionaire chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., said companies won’t last if they fail to consider the impact of their businesses on the environment. “Taking shortcuts is not the pathway to achieving sustainable competitive advantage, nor is it an avenue toward satisfying customers,” Buffett, 81, said.

Wall Street Journal

Water scarcity is the new global warming

The Wall Street Journal
Mar 30, 2012

The global director of water stewardship for Coca-Cola Co. says that water risk isn’t imminent; it’s already manifest. Greg Koch, who spoke at the Financial Times sustainability conference in New York City on Thursday, issued dire warnings and a call to arms for investors and corporations around the world along with governments. And he wasn’t alone.

Chicago Tribune

Exclusive: Investors press U.S. shale oil drillers to control flaring

Chicago Tribune
Mar 28, 2012

Investors representing $500 billion in assets are pushing energy companies in the shale oil rush in North Dakota and other states to disclose the amount of natural gas they burn - a practice they see as a wasteful financial risk.

Reuters

Plan now for climate-related disasters: U.N. report

Reuters
Mar 28, 2012

A future on Earth of more extreme weather and rising seas will require better planning for natural disasters to save lives and limit deepening economic losses, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a major report on the effects of climate change.

NPR

NPR: Rising Tides

Boston NPR
Mar 19, 2012

Sharlene Leurig, senior manager of the Insurance Program at Ceres, spoke with Tom Ashbrook of NPR's "On Point" about a new report on rising sea levels and coastal flooding. The new report says rising seas driven by global warming are going to bite deeper, sooner than most people imagine. Hitting millions. Costing billions, trillions. Putting homes at risk, but also roads, bridges, military bases, farmland, schools, hospitals.

NBC News

NBC Miami: Miami Has More Assets To Lose From Climate Change, Rising Seas Than Any Other City, New Study Says

NBC Miami
Mar 15, 2012

An analysis by the non-partisan advocacy group, Climate Central says that human-caused climate change and rising sea levels are accelerating – and that Miami has more to lose in terms of assets than any city in the world. The study says that storm surges will reach much farther inland than they do now – not a far-off future risk, but perhaps during the life of the mortgage you hold now in Hollywood, for example, or Miami Shores.

ABC News

ABC News: New Figures: More of US at Risk to Sea Level Rise

Mar 14, 2012

Nearly 4 million people across the United States, from Los Angeles to much of the East Coast, live in homes more prone to flooding from rising seas fueled by global warming, according to a new method of looking at flood risk published in two scientific papers.

Yale

Yale Environment 360: California Takes the Lead With New Climate Initiatives

Yale Environment 360
Mar 08, 2012

California, long America’s environmental trendsetter, is about to push the envelope once again. On May 1, the state will hear from some of the nation’s largest insurance companies about the financial risks climate change poses, not only to the companies but also to their customers and investors.

E&E Publishing

E & E Energy Wire: Insurers, reinsurers urge Congress to cap GHG emissions

E & E Publishing, Energy Wire
Mar 01, 2012

Congressional Democrats found vocal allies today in their quest to cap carbon dioxide emissions -- the insurance and reinsurance industries.

Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota Public Radio: What are businesses doing to be more sustainable?

The Daily Circuit on Minnesota Public Radio
Mar 01, 2012

Kerri Miller of Minnesota Public Radio spoke with Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres about what business are doing to become more sustainable. Ceres helps companies address sustainability. Lubber is an international leader in efforts by investors to pressure companies to adopt sustainable business practices.

The Daily Climate

The Daily Climate: Preparing insurers for a stormy future

The Daily Climate
Feb 15, 2012

Climate change will likely intensify storm surges, wildfires, drought and more, putting the insurance industry in an economic bind. Sharlene Leurig is working to find a more sustainable – and profitable – future.

GreenBiz.com

GreenBiz: Ceres Shines a Light on the Power of Shareholder Proxy Votes

GreenBiz
Feb 13, 2012

How do you get corporate sustainability goals to surpass the short-term, profit-focused mentality that's fundamental to publicly held enterprises? One successful tool is to turn that obstacle into a stepping stone.

The New York Times

New York Times: Three States to Require Insurers to Disclose Climate Change Response Plans

The New York Times
Feb 01, 2012

Insurance commissioners in California, New York and Washington State will require that companies disclose how they intend to respond to the risks their businesses and customers face from increasingly severe storms and wildfires, rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change, California’s commissioner said Wednesday.

The Globe and Mail: Economics biggest threat to embattled oil sands

The Globe and Mail
Jan 19, 2012

Alberta’s embattled oil sands face well known risks from foreign radicals, movie stars, environmentalists and stalled pipelines projects. But there may be an even scarier threat: plain old economics.

Yale Forum

Climate Change 2.0: National Assessment Hammers Home Science Findings

Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media
Jan 17, 2012

The newly released National Climate Assessment from a team of federal agencies reinforces the climate-concerned messages from other reports and from a record year of natural disaster damages. But a question remains: Are the public and their leaders hearing the messages?

The Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press: Detroit automakers have the technology, creativity for 54.5 mpg

Detroit Free Press
Jan 16, 2012

On Tuesday, Washington will come to Detroit to talk about how many miles per gallon American drivers will soon be getting. Officials from the National Highway Transportation Administration and the EPA will hold a hearing on a proposal to require a fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

The Miami Herald

Miami Herald: Investors see climate as opportunity to make money, create jobs

Miami Herald
Jan 12, 2012
NEW YORK

In the language of the 450 large institutional investors meeting at a conference here Thursday, climate change is a risk to avoid and also an opportunity to make a good return on investments.

Mercury News

Mercury News: Alan Salzman - Global investors see the future in clean energy

Mercury News
Jan 10, 2012

Global investors controlling tens of trillions of dollars will gather Thursday at United Nations headquarters to showcase investments in clean energy and energy efficiency solutions. There's a powerful narrative here: Even in the face of paralysis among governments, many in the private sector are moving ahead on energy and climate change innovation.

Bloomberg News

Bloomberg: Water Risk in Supply Chains Draws Investor Scrutiny

Bloomberg
Jan 10, 2012

Most companies act as if the water they have today will be there tomorrow, says Brooke Barton, who runs water programs at Ceres, an environmental group in Boston that worked with Trillium and others to create an online checklist aimed at helping investors and companies assess efforts to manage water risk.

The Guardain UK

The US water paradox: falling demand, less money for infrastructure

The Guardian
Jan 08, 2012

Declining demand for water across the western US has created funding problems for systems that rely on volume sales to repay infrastructure costs.

Sustainable Business Forum

Sustainble Business Forum: The Eerie Quiet of the Insurance Industry

Sustainable Business Forum
Jan 06, 2012

Dave Jones, California’s insurance commissioner, recently put it this way: “Climate change is an obvious physical threat to us all, but increasingly it also poses a serious financial threat to the insurance industry…” When extreme weather causes damage, insurers pay.

GreenBiz.com

GreenBiz: Climate Risks, Insurance and the Next Financial Meltdown

Greenbiz.com
Jan 04, 2012

According a September 2011 report from Ceres, the insurance industry has yet to fully recognize the risks posed by climate change...what Ceres describes as the industry's "sluggish and uneven response to the ever-increasing ripples from global climate change" threatens not just the insurance business but the stability of the global economy.

Toledo Blade

Toledo Blade: Climate-Change Voice of Reason is Gone

Toledo Blade
Dec 15, 2011

Toledo Blade Editorial Writer and Columnist Tom Henry discusses the late Dr. Paul Epstein's contributions to showing the impacts of climate change, and how organizations like Ceres are continuing his mission.

The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe: Bad Weather Policy — Insuring Against Climate Change

The Boston Globe
Nov 30, 2011

Environmentalists are not the only ones who worry as projections about climate change keep getting worse and worse. So do insurance companies, which feel the effects financially as the pace of climate-related disasters accelerates. It is telling that, even as some business groups oppose climate-change legislation in Washington, many of the companies with the most to lose from global warming are treating it as a reality - and pricing their products accordingly.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post: 2011 Growth Aided by Smart Government Regulations

The Washington Post
Nov 29, 2011

Jennifer V. Orgolini of New Belgium Brewing, a BICEP member, discusses the need for government regulations that promote stability and sustainability.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post: Report - Climate Change Means More Frequent Droughts, Floods to Come

The Washington Post
Nov 18, 2011

Climate change will make the drought and flooding events that have battered the United States and other countries in 2011 more frequent in years to come, forcing nations to rethink the way they cope with disasters, according to a new report the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued Friday.

Grist

Grist: Climate Change is Messing with Cocktail Hour

Grist
Nov 11, 2011

BICEP member Aspen Skiing Company's Vice President of Sustainability Auden Schendler discusses his concern about a new study by the Commonwealth of Kentucky reporting that global warming may affect weather patterns crucial to the bourbon aging process.

ClimateWire

ClimateWire: U.S. utility programs result in widely varying levels of energy efficiency

ClimateWire
Nov 10, 2011

A study of 50 electric utilities across the United States shows wide disparities between the amount of money invested in energy efficiency and how much energy those programs are saving.

The New York Times

The New York Times: Stone-Washed Blue Jeans (Minus the Washed)

The New York Times
Nov 01, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO

From the cotton field in rural India to the local rag bin, a typical pair of blue jeans consumes 919 gallons of water during its life cycle, Levi Strauss & Company says, or enough to fill about 15 spa-size bathtubs. That includes the water that goes into irrigating the cotton crop, stitching the jeans together and washing them scores of times at home. The company wants to reduce that number any way it can, and not just to project environmental responsibility.

Forbes

Forbes: Businesses' Water Risks Are Growing — Ceres Unveils New Management Tool

Forbes
Oct 24, 2011

Forbes blogger Erica Gies discusses the importance of the new Ceres Aqua Gauge tool, which helps companies and investors assess and manage water risk.

Reuters

Reuters: Nestle, Rio Tinto lead on managing water risk

Reuters
Oct 18, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC

Geared to institutional investors, the Aqua Gauge released by the Ceres coalition of investors and environmental groups measures how well companies are prepared for water scarcity and water stress, which are forecast to worsen in coming decades.

Reuters

Reuters: Most Republican Voters Back Clean Air Rules — Poll

Reuters
Oct 12, 2011

Most Republican U.S. voters oppose congressional efforts to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution rules, according to a survey conducted by two pollsters released on Wednesday.

The Hill

The Hill: On EPA rules, let the public clear the air

The Hill's Congress Blog
Oct 12, 2011

Every shred of public polling shows that the American voter is unhappy with Congress. However, an area that has historically been a clear point of partisanship is surprisingly bi-partisan according to a poll we released today. By a wide margin, voters of both political parties disagree with Congress’ anti-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agenda and support the EPA’s new rules to limit air pollution from coal-fired power plants.

POLITICO

POLITICO: Poll - EPA's cross-state and utility rules a hit with voters

Politico
Oct 12, 2011

The vast majority of voters, including many Republicans, support the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the agency’s utility MACT, according to bipartisan poll results released Wednesday.

The New York Times

The New York Times: Insurance Against the Future

The New York Times
Oct 06, 2011

Ten separate billion-dollar weather disasters have hit the United States this year. And in one corner of the ring, with an ice pack on its brow, is the reeling insurance industry.

The Motley Fool

The Motley Fool: Don't Miss This Megatrend

The Motley Fool
Sep 28, 2011

Investors, get ready to examine your stocks through a newly focused lens. A potentially massive new trend could make the difference between stellar returns and spectacular flameouts; how you vote your annual proxies will matter more than ever, too.

MarketWatch

MarketWatch: Global Warming No Hoax to Insurance Companies

Sep 09, 2011
NEW YORK

MarketWatch's Al Lewis discusses how severe weather is impacting insurance companies and the general public, and cites Ceres' new report on climate risk disclosure by insurers.

Reuters

Reuters: Few Insurers Planning for Climate Change - Report

Reuters
Sep 01, 2011

Only one in eight insurers has a formal policy in place to manage climate risk, despite rising evidence that environmental changes are exacerbating insurers' disaster losses, according to a coalition of public interest groups.

Forbes

Forbes: Obama’s Stricter Fuel Efficiency Standards Will Save Money, Create Jobs, Report Says

Forbes
Aug 05, 2011

Nearly lost in the debt-ceiling drama was President Obama’s announcement last Friday of new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standard for cars and light-duty trucks: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Thirteen automakers, representing 90 percent of the cars sold in the United States, were on board with the agreement, which follows Obama’s 2009 mandate for a CAFE average of 35.5 by 2016.

General News

ClimateWire: Regulators to Focus on Climate Threats to Insurers' Investments

Climatewire
Aug 05, 2011

Insurance regulators are refocusing their efforts on climate change to examine the financial risk it might hold for the nation's collage of companies that wield trillions of dollars in the energy sector and other investments.

General News

Treasury & Risk: Greener Frontiers

Treasury & Risk
Aug 03, 2011

Many, if not most, major companies are doing something to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. But cutting-edge businesses are taking more ambitious and sophisticated steps to address climate change. Cutting-edge companies, including Ceres' partners Jones Lang LaSalle, SAP and Starbucks, are moving past recycling and energy efficiency and embarking on more ambitious efforts to address climate change.

GreenBiz.com

GreenBiz.com: 6 Ways Companies Can Address Their Water Scarcity Risks

Greenbiz.com
Jul 15, 2011

As the world starts to wake up to the reality of looming water shortages, companies, investors and other stakeholders care about the risks posed to business from water scarcity. As a result, companies are measuring their water footprint - direct water use and increasingly indirect water use in their value chain.

The New York Times

The New York Times: Obama’s Chance to Reduce Auto Emissions and Our Thirst for Oil

The New York Times
Jul 11, 2011

President Obama has promised to break the United States’ oil addiction and tackle global warming. With a decision he will make in coming days, he can do both, and help consumers cut gas costs as well.

General News

White House Chooses BICEP Companies Best Buy, Portland Trail Blazers for Clean Energy 'Better Buildings Challenge'

The White House Press Office
Jul 01, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago the 14 initial partners - including Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) companies Best Buy and the Portland Trail Blazers - that have committed to participating in the to the Better Buildings Challenge.

POLITICO

Politico: Higher CAFE Standards to Create Jobs

Politico
Jun 30, 2011

Tough new fuel economy limits could help create 700,000 full-time jobs by 2030, including 60,000 in the auto industry, according to early findings from a coalition of green-minded investors and environmental groups.

Reuters

Reuters: Why We Need to Calm the Natural Gas Frenzy

Reuters
Jun 26, 2011

Natural gas wells are popping up like spring dandelions. But it's time to calm the frenzy. We need a more balanced look at what's to be gained - and lost - if we embrace natural gas too heartily. Despite its many positives, natural gas is no panacea for a country with a long history of over-dependence on fossil fuels that still hasn't come to grips with climate change.

The Miami Herald

The Miami Herald: Drilling Down Deep on Fracking and Our Nation's Energy Future

The Miami Herald
Jun 17, 2011

"We need a more balanced look at what's to be gained - and lost - if we embrace natural gas too heartily," said Ceres President Mindy Lubber in an op-ed. "Natural gas is no panacea for a country with a long history of over-dependence on fossil fuels that still hasn't come to grips with climate change."

Pensions & Investments

Pensions & Investments: Large investors urge Russell 1000 companies to adopt ESG practices

Pensions & Investments
Jun 09, 2011

California Public Employees’ Retirement System, California State Teachers’ Retirement System and other major institutional investors called on the 1,000 largest U.S. companies to “embrace a new reality” and imbed environmental, social and governance concerns into their business models.

The Bond Buyer

The Bond Buyer: Georgia Pressured by Water Deficit

The Bond Buyer
Jun 09, 2011
BRADENTON, Fla.

Georgia issuers are facing new credit pressures and calls for conservation because of a looming deadline to cut back on withdrawals from certain river basins and a federal reservoir that provide drinking water to the state’s growing population.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Water Wars Threaten Credit of Metro Governments

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Jun 03, 2011

Credit rating agency Fitch Ratings issued a report this week warning that it may downgrade the credit scores of metro Atlanta governments if a federal court does not side with Georgia on access to drinking water from Lake Lanier.

Toledo Blade

Poll: Most back higher fuel-efficiency standards

Toledo Blade
May 29, 2011

Toledo Blade columnist Tom Henry shares his thoughts on the new fuel-economy label rolled out by the Obama Administration, and his interest in Ceres' latest report stating that Michigan and Ohio residents were overwhelmingly supportive of higher fuel efficiency standards by 2025.

The New York Times

Who Will Reap the Dividends of Fuel Economy?

The New York Times
May 20, 2011

There are two basic arguments over whether and how the country should respond to climate change and other environmental challenges. One focuses on government’s right to regulate industry, and the other on the costs and benefits of such regulation. A new, almost biblical twist to one of these arguments was presented at a recent conference organized by Ceres – when it comes to automobile fuel economy, two analysts suggested, the worst shall do best.

General News

IBEW Union Sides With Power Industry on Clean Air Rules

In These Times
May 19, 2011

In These Times' writer Kari Lydersen discusses how the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union joined with one of the nation's largest coal-fired power companies to lobby against proposed rules that would force coal plants to control emissions of toxic compounds. A Ceres study concluded that these rules - along with two other air quality rules - could create 1.5 million jobs over five years.

Environmental Finance

Investors urge US to adopt California’s ‘clean cars’ policies

Environmental Finance
May 17, 2011

The US government could significantly propel investments in the clean energy and energy efficiency sector by following California’s lead in adopting stronger fuel economy and emissions standards through 2025, investment experts said.

Institutional Investor

CalSTRS Takes Another Step Towards Sustainable Investing

Institutional Investor
May 15, 2011

The $152.9 billion California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) announced that it would be taking what CEO Jack Ehnes calls a “significant step” in its already broad sustainable investing program: From now on, all performance-related discussions that the pension giant has with its external managers will include an analysis of how environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues factor into their strategies.

KQED

PBS Climate Watch Conversation with Mindy Lubber, President, Ceres

PBS - KQED TV
May 13, 2011
OAKLAND, CA

Climate Watch Senior Editor Craig Miller talks with Mindy Lubber, president of the Boston based nonprofit Ceres. The organization works to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change and water scarcity. This week, it held a conference in Oakland at which environmentalists, executives and investors from around the world gathered to consider ways for business to adopt environmentally sustainable practices.

Al Gore, Levi’s and PG&E rally around sustainability

Environmental Finance
May 12, 2011

The two largest US pension funds have teamed with leading companies such Levi Strauss and Pacific Gas & Electric, and an Al Gore-founded investment firm, in a commitment to promote environmental sustainability and tackle climate change.

GreenBiz.com

Harnessing the Benefits of Open-Source Sustainability Tools

GreenBiz.com
May 12, 2011
OAKLAND, CA

A growing number of companies are turning the concept of intellectual capital on its head in the name of sustainability. Count IBM, Nike and the Outdoor Industry Association among the growing list of business interests turning to open source models to lower costs and scale best practices and technologies.

CSRwire.com

Ceres Conference 2011: The world can no longer afford business as usual

CSRwire.com
May 12, 2011
OAKLAND, CA

Business as usual, the old economy, single bottom line capitalism -- these are terms, practices and policies Ceres would like to put behind us. But how?

GreenBiz.com

Levi's Revamps Supply Chain Engagement to Focus on Workers' Rights

GreenBiz.com
May 11, 2011
OAKLAND, CA

On the opening day of the 2011 Ceres Conference, Levi's president, John Anderson, announced new Terms of Engagement that aim to step up the commitments put in place two decades ago.

GreenBiz.com

Why Sustainability Reporting Is Revolutionary

GreenBiz.com
May 11, 2011
OAKLAND, CA

The following was adapted from the acceptance speech given by Nike's Hannah Jones at the Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting, where Nike won top honors for Best Sustainability Report.

Responsible Investor

US pension giants make massive ESG commitments

Responsible Investor
May 11, 2011

CalPERS and CalSTRS, the giant California pension funds, today made sweeping commitments towards integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment processes. It came as the funds helped launch the groundbreaking Investor-Business Roundtable for a Sustainable Economy at the Ceres conference.

Institutional Investor

The Evolution of Water Risk in the Municipal Bond Market

Institutional Investor
May 02, 2011

Municipal bonds are considered by many investors to be one of the safest investment options available. But a report released by Ceres last fall argued that many such bonds have unaccounted-for risks lurking in the water – literally.

CBS News

40 Is the New 30, As Automakers Ramp Up MPGs Across the Line

CBS Business Network
Apr 21, 2011

Carmakers, boxed in by regulation and rising prices at the pump, are finally going where they should have gone a long time ago by squeezing serious fuel economy out of the internal-combustion engine. The result is a growing number of cars that reach 40 mpg on the highway. These days, 40 mpg is the new 30

The Providence Journal

Joan Benoit Samuelson/Andrew Ference: We should run to clean energy

The Providence Journal
Apr 18, 2011
BOSTON

Today’s the annual spring moment when athletics take New England’s center stage — the Boston Marathon and traditional Red Sox matinee game, with yet another Bruins playoff run under way. As athletes privileged to compete at the highest levels in two of these events, we know a lot about competition and challenges. Our careers are anchored in a belief that it’s always possible to do better. We also want a better world for our children. That’s why we have taken a big interest in just the kind of challenge athletes love to take on — a drive for less polluting energy sources that will keep the air we breathe clean.

General News

Weathering the Storm: Report Finds U.S. Energy System Not Ready

Public News Service – VA
Apr 12, 2011

WASHINGTON - The country's energy infrastructure is not ready to weather the storm of more frequent extreme weather. A new National Wildlife Federation (NWF) report delivers that finding and makes recommendations for improving energy reliability. NWF climate scientist Dr. Amanda Staudt says floods, intense storms, hurricanes, droughts and heat waves have been happening more frequently, and they can disrupt power and fuel supplies.

Platts

Three utilities agree to more water-risk disclosure

Platts
Mar 23, 2011

Dominion, Southern Company and PPL agreed to significantly expand reporting and disclosure on water availability risks and plans for mitigating those risks, according to Ceres, a coalition of investors and public interest groups, which works with companies on sustainability issues. The agreements were made in response to shareholders' resolutions filed several months ago asking them to evaluate and disclose their strategies on water risks, including low flows, thermal impacts and emerging regulations. The resolutions were withdrawn recently after the utilities' agreements.

Institutional Investor

New Report Helps Green Investors To Identify Climate Related Risks and Opportunities

Institutional Investor
Feb 28, 2011

The greener a company, the more profitable. This is at least, what many investors believe these days. The SEC knows that, and issued a guidance for companies last year that identifies risks related to climate change material such as energy waste, carbon emissions and other polluting activities.

The New York Times

Shareholders Offer a Spate of Climate and Environmental Resolutions

The New York Times
Feb 18, 2011

After a year marked by Congressional paralysis on issues like global warming and renewable energy, and after a parade of energy-related disasters — including the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico — social investment groups are signaling their displeasure with a suite of shareholder resolutions.

Dow Jones

Activist Investors Press Energy Companies On Safety, Spill Risks

Dow Jones (Automated Trader)
Feb 11, 2011

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- As proxy season approaches, activist investors with stakes in energy companies are pressuring oil firms for proof that the companies are improving safety and reducing the risk of a major spill. The investors include unions, public pension funds, and environmental and religious groups. They are targeting publicly trading companies leading up to the annual shareholder meeting season this spring.

The New York Times

EPA's Power Plant Rules Would Spur Job Creation -- Report

The New York Times
Feb 09, 2011

Despite claims that U.S. EPA's regulations are destroying jobs at a time of already high unemployment, two new sets of air pollution rules for power plants would create hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next five years, according to a report (pdf) released today.

General News

Video: Ceres' Lubber says job growth possible under new air regulations

E&E TV
Feb 09, 2011

As utilities prepare for a series of air pollution regulations coming out of U.S. EPA, what impact will the new rules have on job growth and the economy? During today's OnPoint, Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, discusses new research that points to job growth under EPA's Clean Air Act regulations. She explains why she believes industry is misguided in thinking that new power plant regulations will negatively affect the bottom line.

The Hill

'Race to Green' good for business

The Hill's Congress Blog
Feb 03, 2011

In a speech at Pennsylvania State University Thursday, President Obama proposed a suite of incentives intended to cut energy consumption from existing U.S. commercial buildings by 20 percent by 2020. This proposal is exactly what’s needed to jump-start major energy and carbon reduction initiatives and to create jobs and efficiencies that enhance our global competitiveness. The proposal includes tax credits, loan guarantees, worker training initiatives and a competitive grant program, dubbed "Race to Green." The cost is expected to be offset elsewhere when the President’s budget is delivered later this month, but incentives such as loan guarantees do not add to government spending, and the cost of training workers is much lower than the cost of paying them unemployment benefits.

Responsible Investor

Responsible Investor: US Pension funds report to INCR/UN summit on progress in climate investments

Responsible Investor
Jan 16, 2011

Unchecked carbon emissions, untapped investment opportunities and an unresponsive U.S. government were the recurrent themes of the day at the fifth Investor Summit on Climate Risk & Energy Solutions, held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on January 12.

GreenBiz.com

GreenBiz.com: Clean Energy Makes Big Strides, but Just How Sustainable is the Growth?

Greenbiz.com
Jan 13, 2011
NEW YORK

Global investment in clean energy capacity expanded by 5 percent in 2011 to $260 billion. The growth comes despite the considerable drag from economic crisis in Europe and weak growth in the U.S. The new research, compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, was announced yesterday at the Investor Summit on Climate Risk & Energy Solutions.

Institutional Investor

The Ripple Effect: Water Risks In The Municipal Bond Market

Institutional Investor
Jan 12, 2011

Investing in municipal bonds for major infrastructure projects bears hidden risks, says a newly issued report “The Ripple Effect: Water Risk in the Municipal Bond Market” by CERES. Many local and state governments are running the risk of defaulting on bonds because of massive financial problems. Worse, many electric and water utilities are experiencing surging water demand, pollution and more frequent drought. Despite these challenges, some municipal bonds still enjoy stable ratings agencies like Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s and fail to point out apparent risk factors.

The New York Times

Finding the Fingerprints of Climate Change in Storm Damage -- a Very Long Detective Story

The New York Times
Jan 04, 2011

Some U.S. insurers have expanded their focus to look at the warming impacts on things like flooding, ice storms and nor'easters, said Sharlene Leurig, senior manager of the insurance program at Ceres, an organization for institutional investors concerned about climate change.

Platts

US investor groups want companies to disclose deepwater drill risks

Platts
Dec 14, 2010

A coalition of US state pension funds and other institutional investors said Tuesday they want the Securities and Exchange Commission to force companies that explore for oil and gas in deepwater to disclose how they are addressing the risks and weaknesses identified in the wake of April's Deepwater Horizon disaster. Ceres, a network of investor and environmental groups, along with the Investor Network on Climate Risk, has sent a letter to the National Oil Spill Commission, asking members to include an SEC disclosure requirement in their final report, which is due in January.

General News

Investors face regulation risks in shale oil and coal-to-liquid fuels -- study

E&E News / Climatewire
Dec 09, 2010

As the United States tries to wean itself off Middle Eastern oil, dollars are flowing to companies promising to produce alternative fuels. That includes crude extracted from oil shale and coal through the coal-to-liquids process. According to the Department of Energy, a production surge in both fuels could lead to their supplying almost 3 percent of U.S. oil in the next 25 years. But the investor group Ceres warns in a new report that both fuels offer significant risks for investors because of their water needs and associated carbon emissions. Both spew more carbon dioxide during the production process than conventional oil, and financiers need to look more closely at the costs of possible carbon controls at the national and local levels, the group said.

General News

Investors press for progress on climate financing ahead of Cancun

E&E News / Climatewire
Nov 17, 2010

Pension funds and other institutional investors eager to tap into financial opportunities tied to cutting greenhouse gas emissions say they would like nothing more than to put their money where their mouths are. Just ahead of the U.N.-led climate summit in Cancun, Mexico, starting at the end of this month, money managers are banging the drum for progress on adaptation financing, clean energy, reforestation and emissions targets. But they acknowledged yesterday that the smart bet is on incremental progress and not the frenzied expectations that defined the lead-up to the 2009 conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

San Francisco Chronicle

Deutsche Bank, Investors Seek Climate Change Action

San Francisco Chronicle
Nov 16, 2010

Deutsche Bank AG and the California Public Employees' Retirement System are among 259 investors urging policy makers to combat global warming or face mounting economic disruptions in the next 40 years. Losses stemming from climate change may trim as much as 20 percent from global economic output by 2050, according to a statement from Ceres, a coalition that joined investors holding $15 trillion in assets in seeking action.

General News

The Ten Biggest American Cities That Are Running Out of Water

24/7 Wall St.
Oct 29, 2010

Some parts of the United States have begun to run low on water and the problem is worse than most people realize - particularly in several large cities that will almost certainly face shortfalls in a few years. Orlando, Fla., Atlanta and Tucson, Ariz. are just three of the cities who made 24/7 Wall St.'s water watch list.

The New York Times

Water Scarcity a Bond Risk, Study Warns

The New York Times
Oct 20, 2010

The municipal bonds that help finance a major portion of the nation’s water supply may be riskier than investors realize because their credit ratings do not adequately reflect the growing risks facing the water industry, according to a new Ceres study.

Los Angeles Times

Investor Groups Balk at Oil Companies' Support of Prop. 23

Los Angeles Times
Oct 13, 2010

Institutional investor groups concerned about corporate funding of political campaigns are expected to announce shareholder resolutions Wednesday that will challenge three energy firms making big-dollar contributions to halt California's landmark law limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

Reuters

Fidelity Records First "Green" Proxy Votes

Reuters
Oct 08, 2010

Four mutual funds at Fidelity Investments recently backed an environmentalist proxy proposal for the first time on record. "This is a tiny symbolic gesture on their part, but one in the right direction," said Rob Berridge, senior manager at Ceres.

Wall Street Journal

Deep Water, Deep Trouble

The Wall Street Journal
Oct 06, 2010

The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico illustrates the unique challenges now facing the energy industry. In fact, stakeholders are now looking for evidence that companies have robust spill contingency plans and clear guidelines for contractor selection and oversight, according to Ceres' Oil Industry Program Director Andrew Logan.

BP Revamps Risk Management; Forms Oversight Unit

National Underwriter
Sep 29, 2010

In response to the Gulf Coast oil spill disaster in which 11 people were killed, British Petroleum said it is forming a safety and risk unit that will report directly to the company’s incoming chief executive officer. Ceres Director of Oil & Gas Industry Programs Andrew Logan says that BP’s announcement may say more about BP than it does about the industry

BP's Loss is Sustainability's Gain?

Investment & Pensions Asia
Sep 29, 2010

Several lessons have come out of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, not least of which has been how unprepared most investors were for the implications of such an event. Despite several warning signs in BP’s recent environmental record, the scale of the crisis and consequent fall-out for the company has been shocking to most observers.

CalPERS, Ceres, Nike air their call for sustainability

Pensions & Investments
Sep 23, 2010

CalPERS teamed up with Nike and Ceres to urge 1,000 of the largest U.S. companies to incorporate global sustainability factors into business decision-making to deal with social and environmental risks that impact corporate investment returns, according to a joint statement from the group.

Disclosing Environmental Risks

CFA Magazine
Sep 17, 2010

Should public companies provide investors with disclosures related to climate change and environmental issues? Mindy Lubber, director of the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) and president of Ceres, tells CFA Magazine that "investors don't want hidden risks."

Mining Companies Must Disclose Safety Violations Under New US Law

Platts
Aug 13, 2010

Workplace safety records for companies with US mining operations, in the spotlight since the Upper Big Branch blast, will be more visible to investors, as federal regulators prepare to enforce a law requiring them to detail violations and fines meted out by the Mine Safety and Health Administration in their financial disclosure forms.

Investors Ask Oil, Insurance Groups to Disclose Safety Plans

The New York Times
Aug 05, 2010

A coalition of mostly institutional investors is demanding oil and gas companies disclose their existing safeguards and plans of action in the event of another offshore rig disaster and possible oil spill like the one experienced by BP PLC and other companies in the Gulf of Mexico.

California, New York Pension Funds Demand Detail on Oil Groups Spill Plans

Bloomberg
Aug 05, 2010

The investors sent letters to the chief executive officers at 27 oil and gas producers such as Exxon Mobil Corp and insurance companies including American International Group Inc., asking them to detail their capability to prevent or respond to an accident, as well as what they learned from the Gulf spill. U.S. states, through their public pension funds, invest in such companies as ConocoPhillips and Chevron Corp.

Extracting Oil from Canadian Sand Pits

Marketplace
Aug 03, 2010

Canada has some of the most oil in the world, and about half of it comes from the "oil sands." Oil companies use some of the most expensive, energy intensive technology to extract the oil from the sand -- which leaves an impact on the environment too.

Health Rules Could Cut Greenhouse Emissions

New York Times
Jul 25, 2010

A proposed rule on mercury, a pollutant bad for fish and the people who eat too many of them, could help the administration of President Barack Obama get near its short-term climate goal, even if the U.S. Congress fails this year or next to pass a bill tackling greenhouse gases directly.

Green Firms Uniting to Flex Political Muscle

Boston Globe
Jul 11, 2010

Several green-friendly businesses — including many young tech companies not yet household names — are the regional face of a multimillion dollar lobbying effort aimed at key senators across the country. Their effort is backed by some of the world’s most recognizable consumer brands and Fortune 500 companies, lending their corporate names to persuade Congress to support climate and energy legislation on Capitol Hill.

Utilities Face the Decision Point of Big Shifts -- to Gas, Renewables and Efficiency

New York Times
Jul 09, 2010

With or without a climate bill, electric utilities are shifting their investments to efficiency measures that cut long-term costs and integrate more natural gas and renewable energy into their power supplies, according to a new report.

Record Proxy Season as Shareholders Crank Up Climate Demands

BusinessGreen
Jul 08, 2010

Pressure on US firms to develop climate change policies has reached record levels, according to new figures from ethical investor coalition Ceres showing that more than 100 climate and energy-related shareholder resolutions were filed during this year's proxy season.

$10 Trillion Investor Group to Act Big on Big Oil and Insurance

Responsible Investor
Jun 24, 2010

The Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), an investor coalition representing $10trn of assets, is planning to write to oil majors – as well as insurers and re-insurers – in the wake of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Rob Berridge, senior manager of investor programs at Ceres, said the INCR is currently drafting the letter.

Outdoor Operators Urge Senate to Pass Climate Legislation

The Great Falls Tribune
Jun 15, 2010

While our Senate leaders decide whether to begin debate this summer on the nation's first comprehensive climate change and energy legislation, businesses like ours in Montana and throughout the nation are concerned about the impacts of climate change on our $3 billion a year tourism and recreation economy.

EPA Vote: Momentum Builder?

National Journal Energy & Environment Blog
Jun 14, 2010

Last week, the Senate defeated a resolution by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to overturn EPA climate regulations. The result, which fell four votes short of passage, set off a barrage of statements from senators and interest groups saying the vote is – or is not – symbolic of how lawmakers would vote on comprehensive energy and climate legislation.

The Rise of the Climate Consultant

Business Week
Jun 03, 2010

Although the fate of climate legislation in the Senate is uncertain at best, some companies are snapping to attention because of a mix of federal action and historic weather calamities—the kind scientists say are likelier in a warmer world. Flooding in early May killed 30 people in the Southeast. The East Coast braved two "once-in-a-century" snowstorms in two months. This decade is the hottest in recorded history. Despite intense opposition, the Environmental Protection Agency is moving ahead with carbon regulations. And in February, the Securities & Exchange Commission urged public companies to disclose material risks from climate change.

Oil sands risks like slow-motion oil spill: report

Reuters
May 17, 2010

Some environmental risks of Canada's oil sands are similar to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill "but playing out in slow motion," the co-author of a report, by RiskMetrics Group on commission by Ceres, warning investors of the ecological, financial and social risks of oil sands development said on Monday.

Tar Sands Oil Extraction Spreading Rapidly

The Guardian
May 17, 2010

The successful development of Canada's tar sands has triggered a rush by Shell and other oil companies to set up similar operations in Russia, Congo and even Madagascar. The revelations come just 24 hours before Shell's annual general meeting and on the day when Ceres launches its own survey warning that Canadian tar sands extraction could pose an even bigger risk than the U.S. rig disaster which has knocked $30bn (£20.6bn) off the value of BP.

BP's Environmental Record

Business News Network
May 09, 2010

The Gulf of Mexico spill is one of many environmental disasters for BP. So why hasn't the company learned from past mistakes, and what should eco-friendly investors do with BP shares? BNN speaks with Andrew Logan, oil industry program director at Ceres.

A Push for Businesses to be Sustainable

Marketplace
May 09, 2010

Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, talks with Kai Ryssdal about corporate responsibility and sustainability, and challenges companies might face to go green.

Democrats Press Obama on Climate

Politico
Apr 28, 2010

Senate Democrats, business groups and environmentalists are pressuring President Barack Obama to break the climate change logjam — saying only his personal intervention can save splintering efforts to pass a bill this year.

Nike, eBay, and Other Companies Press Senate on Stalled Climate Bill As Negotiations Continue

The Hill
Apr 28, 2010

An array of companies including Nike, eBay, Levi Strauss and Starbucks on Wednesday pressed the Senate to get stalled climate and energy legislation “back on track.”

Green Business Leads People and Politicians

Market Watch
Apr 23, 2010

As 40 years of Earth Days pass, it's interesting to note that it is the business community that has taken up the cause of climate change more than any other

Opinion: SEC's Climate Change Transparency

Politico
Apr 23, 2010

Transparency is a cornerstone of our economy. For investors, that means being entitled to hear about the risks of an investment before making a long-term capital commitment. That’s why the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new climate change disclosure guidance is important.

Boston Proposes Wind Turbine That Could Power 800 Homes

Boston Globe
Apr 22, 2010

The city is proposing to build a wind turbine on Moon Island in Boston Harbor that could power as many as 800 homes and intends to use $2.8 million in federal grants to boost energy-efficiency programs. The plans are part of a larger effort by the city to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and better manage the effects of climate change.

Betting on Change

The Climate Desk
Apr 19, 2010

Is the planet really warming up? Just ask the corporations that stand to make—or lose—billions due to "climate exposure."

Storms, Science, and Climate Change

SouthCoastToday.com
Apr 17, 2010

Mindy Lubber of Ceres provides a guest view on the weather events around the SouthCoast and New England, touching on how we need a new path after the economic shocks of recent years for our families, our country and our planet.

Massey Energy, West Virginia Mine Owner, Draws Scorn on Wall Street

ABC News
Apr 07, 2010

Massey Energy, owners of the West Virginia mine that exploded Monday, has drawn criticism for an array of safety violations and environmental issues over the years -- so much so that even some big Wall Street banks refuse to finance the Richmond, Virginia-based company.

Making Waves on Climate Change

Treasury & Risk
Apr 01, 2010

Sure, it’s early days for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new guidelines for climate-change risk disclosure, and they aren’t likely to have a big impact on the current reporting season since they were recently released. But that doesn’t mean companies can give the guidelines short shrift. In fact, the move signals that dealing with climate-change issues has officially become serious business for corporations in just about every industry.

Is Corporate America Our Best Hope Against Climate Change?

Time
Mar 17, 2010

One of the unexpected twists of the global climate change debate is that the roles of government and business have in many ways been reversed. To traditional greens, business was the enemy, polluting with impunity, and government was the hero, ready to restrain. That was the mindset of environmentalism's first great boom, when landmark legislation like the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act gave Washington the power and the tools to begin cleaning up the country.

Md. Treasurer Kopp Discusses SEC Guidance on Corporate Climate Disclosure

E&E News
Mar 15, 2010

Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp explains why she believes information about climate-related risks is so critical for investors. She also gives her take on proposed legislation that seeks to nullify the SEC interpretive guidance.

Corporate Climate Change-Related Risk on Shareholders’ Minds

State Journal
Mar 14, 2010

During this year's proxy season, companies are dealing with the implications of guidance issued in January by the Securities and Exchange Commission that requires disclosure of risk related to climate change. At the same time, shareholders increasingly are filing resolutions seeking such disclosure, as well as a broader range of actions, including sustainability reporting and planning for carbon footprint reduction.

Time for Next Stage of Sustainable Business

Reuters
Mar 10, 2010

Corporate America needs to track its use of energy and resources as closely as it does its hiring and cash flow if it wants to keep pace with social concern about climate change and other sustainability issues, an activist U.S. investor group argues in a new report.

Investors Increasingly Concerned About Climate Change

Financial Times
Mar 04, 2010

One way of judging investor sentiment is through the types of investor resolutions filed each year. This year, a record of 95 resolutions involving climate change have been filed.

Nike, Starbucks, other Northwest Businesses Push Congress for ‘Clean Energy Economy’

OregonLive.com
Feb 16, 2010

Just pass it? Nike and other businesses, including Starbucks and Portland's Gerding Edlen development firm, called on Congress to approve comprehensive climate change legislation this year and said a "clean energy economy" is the next great economic boom.

“Sustainability Issues Are Economic Issues” - An Interview with Mindy Lubber

IPS
Feb 16, 2010

Fresh from a whirlwind tour of non-stop meetings at the World Economic Forum in Davos and a U.N investor summit on climate risk attended by George Soros, Al Gore, and 500 of the world's most powerful institutional and private investors, Mindy Lubber has a full plate.

Climate Change Debate Crowded With Ignorance

Market Watch
Feb 12, 2010

Both global warming skeptics and climate change believers are using the snowstorms pounding the East Coast of the United States as fodder to further their debate.

Disclosing Financial Climate-Change Risks

The Hill
Feb 08, 2010

Legendary House Speaker Sam Rayburn ushered in the 1933 Truth in Securities Act in the grim depths of the Great Depression. It was based on the principle that the purchase and sale of securities should be an honest bargain, and disclosure its cornerstone.

Climate Change and the S.E.C. (Editorial)

The New York Times
Jan 30, 2010

There were predictable howls after the Securities and Exchange Commission told publicly held companies they should warn investors of any potential effects from climate change on their bottom lines

S.E.C. Adds Climate Risk to Disclosure List

The New York Times
Jan 27, 2010

The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Wednesday for the first time that public companies should warn investors of any serious risks that global warming might pose to their businesses.

Davos Business Leaders Urge Global Support for Copenhagen Accord

BusinessGreen.com
Jan 27, 2010

With a flurry of submissions to the Copenhagen Accord expected over the next few days, business groups signal their support for ambitious emission targets. Some of the world's most powerful businesses have today called on world leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos to embrace the Copenhagen Accord and use it to spur a "race to the top" that would see national, state and municipal governments compete to take more ambitious action to tackle climate change.

After Copenhagen, Getting Business into Green Tech

Time
Jan 15, 2010

This was the fourth Investor Summit on Climate Risk, occurring after Copenhagen, before the U.S. Senate begins its real work on climate legislation this year and just as investors begin to climb out of the recession. Investors, especially large-scale institutional funds that need to worry about the long term, are ready to bet on cutting carbon — but impatient.

Investors urge governments to take immediate action on climate change

The Guardian
Jan 14, 2010

Over 450 investors controlling $13tn of assets yesterday urged world governments to pre-empt an international climate change treaty and take immediate action on global warming, or risk losing the opportunity to establish a clean and sustainable low-carbon economy

White House Will Press Ahead With Climate Bill, U.S. Negotiator Tells Investors

The New York Times
Jan 14, 2010

U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern today urged nations that signed the Copenhagen Accord to submit their greenhouse gas emissions-reduction targets and to hammer out details critical to implementing the broad agreement.

Does Your Money Manager Worry About Climate Change Risk? The Odds Are 50-50

The New York Times
Jan 07, 2010

Most money managers overseeing trillions of dollars in investments are ignoring many risks that climate change poses to the assets they operate for corporations, governments and other institutions, according to a new analysis.

Most money managers ignore climate risk to profit

Bloomberg
Jan 06, 2010

In a survey of asset managers, almost three quarters said they don't take into account global warming when analyzing a company, Ceres, whose investors have $8.5 trillion under management, said today in a report. Almost half said climate change isn't relevant to their investment decisions.

Top companies urge Congress to go green

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Nov 19, 2008

November 19, 2008 (Seattle P-I) – A group of companies including Starbucks, Nike and Sun Microsystems has banded together to urge Congress to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and promote investment in renewable energy. The companies on Wednesday announced a partnership with Boston-based Ceres, a national network of environmental advocates and investors, which will lobby on energy policy.

Corporations team up on climate fight

Marketplace
Nov 19, 2008

November 19, 2008 (Marketplace) – Corporate leaders are banding together to push Congress for more aggressive green mandates, from renewable energy to a stricter cap and trade system. Sarah Gardner reports what else the new coalition, BICEP, is pushing.

Exxon Mobil Stalls on Warming (OpEd)

Dallas Business Journal
Jul 08, 2007

Shareholders sent a strong message at Exxon Mobil Corp.'s recent annual meeting that they're unhappy with the company's lackluster response to global warming. Spurred by repeated rejections by the company's board to discuss the issue and unimpressed by its new Corporate Citizenship Report, shareholders owning $121 billion of company stock demanded at the spring meeting that the company take climate change seriously and set greenhouse gas reduction goals.