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Ceres In The News

Listing of news clips featuring Ceres and our work.
The Globe and Mail: Economics biggest threat to embattled oil sands
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.
New York Times: Three States to Require Insurers to Disclose Climate Change Response Plans
Feb 02, 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.
GreenBiz: Ceres Shines a Light on the Power of Shareholder Proxy Votes
Feb 15, 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 Daily Climate: Preparing insurers for a stormy future
Feb 16, 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.
Minnesota Public Radio: What are businesses doing to be more sustainable?
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.
E & E Energy Wire: Insurers, reinsurers urge Congress to cap GHG emissions
Mar 02, 2012
Congressional Democrats found vocal allies today in their quest to cap carbon dioxide emissions -- the insurance and reinsurance industries.
Yale Environment 360: California Takes the Lead With New Climate Initiatives
Mar 09, 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.
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.
NBC Miami: Miami Has More Assets To Lose From Climate Change, Rising Seas Than Any Other City, New Study Says
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.
NPR: Rising Tides
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.
Plan now for climate-related disasters: U.N. report
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.
Exclusive: Investors press U.S. shale oil drillers to control flaring
Mar 29, 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.
Buffett Says Shortcuts on Environment Can Risk Profits
Apr 03, 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.
Water scarcity is the new global warming
Apr 03, 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.
Why move Western water?
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.
Auto Outlook: Automakers rewarded as buyers opt for gas-sippers
Apr 12, 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.
Ebay Installs Solar Panels after Utah Lobbying Victory
Apr 12, 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.
Energy efficiency is common ground for business survival
Apr 17, 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.
Levi Strauss & Co. Unzipped: The People Who Make Our -- Your -- Clothes
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.
Boston to shrug aside climate risk, proceed with waterfront development
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.