Environmental Reporting

Ruminations on Radiation

By |2019-10-13T14:22:09-08:00August 28th, 2019|Energy, Environmental Reporting, Radiation|

Ruminations on Radiation:  How cultural fears of radiation emanate By Jonathan Tiemann, August 2019 In 1984, Gordon Matthew Sumner, better known by his stage name, Sting, broke away from his New Age band, The Police, and began to perform and record on his own. His first solo album, released in mid-1985, was the fancifully-named The Dream of the Blue Turtles. [...]

Taking Stock of Known Risks to Future Returns

By |2018-12-20T20:19:34-08:00October 12th, 2018|Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Cost of Carbon Emissions, Economic Indicators, Energy, Environmental Reporting, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Future Generations, Preventing Pollution, True expertise|

By Valerie Gardner Since our founding in 2002, we have seen it as our job to help our clients invest prudently in the market, in order to participate in the overall market growth and returns generated by business. We have always known that our clients will do best if we reduce their unnecessary costs and uncompensated risks, while providing [...]

Renewables Won’t Be Enough

By |2018-12-20T20:23:36-08:00March 7th, 2017|Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Economic Indicators, Energy, Environmental Reporting, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Future Generations, Politics, Preventing Pollution|

Dr. Jonathan Tiemann Would it really be possible to replace our existing energy system with renewables? Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford, thinks we can do so by 2050.1  Prof. Jacobson has done an impressive job of synthesizing demographic, economic, and engineering data to develop a formula that seems to show a path toward a fully [...]

How to save $1.8 trillion

By |2018-12-20T20:29:34-08:00April 18th, 2016|Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Economic Indicators, Energy, Environmental Reporting, Fiscal Policy, Preventing Pollution|

In a special 132-page report published in August 2015 entitled "ENERGY DARWINISM II: Why a Low Carbon Future Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth," Citigroup, one of the world's largest financial insitutions, reported that it had studied the financial impacts and feasibility of whether we could afford to address climate change.   It found that, in fact, opting to address climate [...]

An end to “male, pale and stale?”

By |2018-12-20T20:38:31-08:00January 29th, 2015|Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Corporate Actions, Energy, Environmental Reporting, Fiduciary Duty Standards, Financial Health, Financial Institutions, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Future Generations, Shareholder Rights|

Despite the well-pronouced and increasingly strident warnings from scientists about the deleterious effects of burning fossil fuels on the environment, there is a surprising amount of "business as usual" going on in corporate America. This makes the news about the way Anne Stausboll, the chief executive of Calpers, addresses climate change all the more impressive. According to an article in [...]

$1 Trillion of Zombie Investments Stranded in the Oil Fields

By |2018-12-20T20:39:53-08:00December 27th, 2014|Analysts, Business News, Commodities, Energy, Environmental Reporting, Financial Institutions|

In mid-December, Goldman Sachs released a report with news that they had calculated the impacts from the large drop in the price of oil, which at that time had dropped 49 percent in less than six months: a stunning $1 trillion in at risk future oil projects. The projects — oil field investment "zombies" — were deemed all but dead [...]

Rockefeller Heirs Divest Oil Fortune of Oil Investments

By |2018-12-20T20:41:22-08:00October 3rd, 2014|Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Environmental Reporting, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Preventing Pollution, TIA|

There is much irony to ponder in the news released last week that the Rockefeller heirs have chosen to divest from oil investments. As reported by John Schwartz in and article in the New York Times entitled Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortun, Will Divest Charity of Fossil Fuels, "John D. Rockefeller built a vast fortune on oil. Now his heirs are abandoning fossil fuels."

The news, coming as it did in advance of the start of the United Nations Climate Summit, nearly trumped financial news reporting of the fact that some 400,000 people representing over 3,000 organizations had turned out in New York City to protest inaction on climate change by marching across Manhattan in the People's Climate March. Additionally, massive supporting marches were held in major cities around the world, including Paris, London, Berlin and Rio de Janeiro.  Unofficial counts put the total number of marchers worldwide at over half a million.  Well, these numbers are staggering and record-breaking but, gosh (snark alert), it just can't be news since readers can already assume that those folks marching are tree-huggers.

FTSE joins Blackrock to help investors avoid fossil fuels

By |2018-12-20T21:53:30-08:00May 18th, 2014|Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Environmental Reporting, Financial Institutions, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Future Generations|

By Pilita Clark, Financial Times Environment Correspondent [Cross-Posted from the FT.com] BlackRock, the world’s biggest fund manager, has teamed up with London’s FTSE Group to help investors avoid coal, oil and gas companies without putting their money at risk. In a sign that a global campaign against fossil fuels is entering the financial mainstream, companies that extract or explore for [...]

Corporate Reporting of Carbon Impacts to business, a first step?

By |2018-12-20T21:53:59-08:00March 21st, 2014|Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Corporate Actions, Environmental Reporting, Shareholder Rights|

It is with a great sense of "what's taken so long?" relief that we read the New York Times' report on the shift by Exxon Mobil to agree to report on the risks to its fossil fuel assets as a result of climate change and the impending caps that are  being placed upon carbon emissions.  We are soon to be [...]