climate change

Water Security Close to Home

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August 29, 2014

According to the Global Water Forum, by 2050 over 40% of the world’s population will live in water stressed regions. Concerns about water security is not a new topic, but as droughts ravage the western United States it is impossible to ignore the rising sense of urgency in regions very…  

categories: climate change, ecological limits, environmental health, natural disaster, risk, socially responsible investing, sustainable investing, water, weather

New Publication: Perspectives on "Sustainable" Palm Oil: Problematic Certification Systems and the Responsible Investor

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March 24, 2014

Here at Portfolio 21, we are continuously working to identify critical ESG issues and educate both ourselves and our investors.  As part of these efforts, we are pleased to announce a new publication:  “Perspectives on ‘Sustainable’ Palm Oil:  Problematic Certification Systems and the Responsible Investor…,” which examines the  

categories: climate change, deforestation, food, global warming, palm oil, socially responsible investing, sustainable investing

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

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

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

190 Countries Meet on Climate Change

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December 20, 2012

Last week, delegates from 190 countries attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar.  In 1992, the first UNFCCC conference was held in Rio de Janeiro and was known as the Earth Summit.  Each year the conference seeks to identify agreements among world governments to…  

categories: climate change, environmental justice, externalized costs, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions

The Growing Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuels

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December 4, 2012

A movement is building to push for change in the global energy conversation through divestment from fossil fuel companies.  This may seem to be a bold and radical mission, but author-activist Bill McKibben, whose 350.org is at the heart of the message, believes this is a campaign whose time has…  

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

Superstorm Sandy’s Silver Lining

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November 14, 2012

At 5 AM on Thursday November 1st…, just days after Superstorm Sandy battered the east coast I boarded a plane from Portland, OR to Newark, NJ.  Originally, I was simply going east to visit my 93 year old grandmother; yet as I spoke to my family that morning  

categories: climate change, events, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, natural disaster, risk, weather

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