Environmental Reporting

Taking Stock of Known Risks to Future Returns

By | 2018-12-20T20:19:34+00:00 October 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+00:00 March 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+00:00 April 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+00:00 January 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+00:00 December 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+00:00 October 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 March 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 [...]