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Speaking Out on Divestment

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March 13, 2014

When Portfolio 21 got the call to testify in front of the Oregon State House Energy and Environment Committee on divesting state funds from fossil fuels, we gladly accepted.  In an effort to encourage the state to consider divesting funds from fossil fuel holdings, 350 PDX… organized a variety of  

categories: climate change, divest fossil fuels, fossil fuel-free investing, fossil-free investing, global warming, green investing, greenhouse gas emissions, socially responsible investing, sustainable investing

Data Centers Debated

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October 5, 2012

The digital age allows many of us to send emails instantly, shop online, and store documents in “the cloud.”  But the demands of our digital consumption are powered by large data centers that process information requests and store large amounts of data, all with an environmental impact.  A recent series…  

categories: energy, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, regulations, water

Safer Products from Sunscreens to Eye Shadow

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August 22, 2012

The Environmental Working Group… (EWG) is an environmental non-profit focused on protecting public health and the environment.  The organization concentrates on preventing health problems in children, babies, and infants in the womb attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants.  While the non-profit is active in many different campaign areas,  

categories: environmental health, environmental investing, green investing, risk

Results from the Rio + 20 Summit

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July 2, 2012

The Rio + 20 Summit drew nearly 50,000 participants, including more than 100 governmental representatives, a large number of non-governmental organizations, and a significant corporate presence.  As I mentioned in my last post…, the preparatory talks to the conference were stymied by national interests and lacked focus toward a  

categories: ecological limits, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, regulations

The importance of Rio + 20

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June 19, 2012

In 1992 the United Nations hosted the Earth Summit, a conference on the environment and development, in Rio de Janeiro.  Ten years later the World Summit on Sustainable Development was held in 2002 in Johannesburg.  Now, twenty years since the original conference, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio…  

categories: ecological limits, energy, environmental justice, greenhouse gas emissions, regulations

Mexico Passes Climate Change Legislation

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May 1, 2012

In April, the Mexican Legislature passed the developing world’s first climate change bill, and after President Felipe Calderon signs the bill into law, Mexico will be one of a few countries to have a comprehensive climate change law in place.  While the bill, known as the General Law on Climate…  

categories: ecological limits, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, regulations

Conversations at the GLOBE 2012 conference

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March 30, 2012

I recently attended the GLOBE 2012… conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, which is focused on business and the environment.  The conference had several intriguing sessions, but the most enlightening was “Sustained Growth and Sustainability: Re-engineering the Economic Model.”  The moderator of the session was Paul Clements-Hunt, former Head of the  

categories: ecological limits, fiduciary responsibility, finance, growth, long-term investing

Raising Elijah, and a call for the Precautionary Principle

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March 12, 2012

I was first introduced to ecologist Sandra Steingraber’s work through Orion Magazine and have always considered her writing thought-provoking and meaningful.  Her recently published book, Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis…, is no exception.  As a cancer survivor, Steingraber has dedicated herself to exploring  

categories: ecological limits, environmental health, environmental justice

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