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News on Fracking Distracts from the Real Economic Trends

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March 28, 2014

“Oil and Gas Extraction Booming,” reports the headline on yesterday’s U.S. Government Census Bureau 2012 Economic Census Advance Report (which covers 2007 – 2012). While the news about “fracking” is true, the headline’s emphasis on job growth in the fossil fuel industry over the past five years is somewhat misleading. …  

categories: energy, fossil fuels, income inequality, natural gas

The Inevitable Risks of Climate Change Become the Immediate Impacts for Some

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November 20, 2013

As is so often the case, real time global events offer inspiration and motivation for the work being done by Portfolio 21 and undoubtedly for efforts being made by our clients as well. Over the course of two weeks this month, government representatives from around the world are meeting at…  

categories: climate change, energy, environmental justice, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, natural disaster, weather

New Publication: Beyond Fossil Fuel Free Investing: Reducing Global Energy Demand through Efficiency

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November 7, 2013

Going Fossil Fuel Free and divesting of fossil fuel stocks is an end game for some, but for Portfolio 21 it is simply the first─and easiest─step.  The next step is to consider how to reallocate those funds.  It goes without saying, you wouldn’t want to rid your portfolio of fossil…  

categories: divest fossil fuels, fossil fuel-free investing, fossil-free investing, green investing, sustainable investing

“My gosh, I am glad we do not invest in these companies!”

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June 3, 2013

I had this thought repeatedly as I read “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us…” by Michael Moss.  Moss spent four years researching this book, and he provides fascinating details about how some companies in the food industry knowingly formulate their products to be addictive without  

categories: environmental investing, food, green investing, sustainable investing

Stop Buying Fossil Fuel

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April 8, 2013

If a company is producing a very profitable product that is known to cause harm to the environment and to your health, should they make the product less harmful if they can do so and still earn a profit? Should they do this because they are able to make the…  

categories: climate change, environmental health, externalized costs, fossil fuel-free investing, fossil fuels, fossil-free investing, pollution

Fossil-Fuel Free Investing: A Response to the Counter Arguments

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March 11, 2013

Since Bill McKibben first issued his call to divest from fossil fuel stocks in “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math” last August,  there has been quite a reaction in the press and among investors. It is impossible for me to know what has actually happened in terms of divestment, but enough…  

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

New Paper Released: Managing Investment Portfolios without Fossil Fuel Stocks

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January 18, 2013

This week Portfolio 21 Investments released a new paper entitled Managing Investment Portfolios without Fossil Fuel Stocks…. The paper details the unique investment risks of the coal, oil, and gas sector, as well as how our firm manages portfolio diversification without fossil fuel exploration and production stocks. Our investment  

categories: climate change, divest fossil fuels, energy, environmental investing, fossil fuel-free investing, fossil fuels, fossil-free investing, global warming, green investing, socially responsible investing, sustainable investing

The Future of Water: Supply Cannot Keep Up with Demand

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November 2, 2012

A new report on challenges facing the world’s water supply offers a dire prediction that by 2030 we can expect a massive gap between the sustainable supply of water and the projected demand. The compelling report, “Charting Our Water Future…,” was written by the 2030 Water Resources Group,  

categories: ecological limits, energy, risk, water

Debunking “Clean” Natural Gas

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August 17, 2012

I was riding my bicycle to work the other day and a city bus went blasting past me. As it did so, I couldn’t help but see the words “Powered by CLEAN BURNING natural gas!” emblazoned on its rear end. Natural gas is a fossil fuel, it isn’t clean burning,…  

categories: global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, natural gas, risk

Wonderful to Be with the Leader in Environmental Investing

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March 27, 2012

Several years ago, I felt a need to understand the intersection of global industrial development’s tremendous interaction with our environment and the financial risks and opportunities being created by this interplay. Through my research, it became clear to me that Portfolio 21 Investments had developed a unique set of skills…  

categories: ecological limits, externalized costs

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