ecological limits

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

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

Fresh Water Deficit

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June 22, 2012

People need fresh water to live; manufacturers need fresh water to produce; and economic growth is dependent on abundant fresh water supplies.  Water is essential for moving waste, keeping us and the environment healthy, as well as for producing food, clothing, and iPhones.  Yet, most people in the developed world…  

categories: ecological limits, ecosystem services, environmental health, environmental justice, water

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

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

Global Alliance for Banking on Values Roundtable

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March 22, 2012

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit in on a roundtable discussion chaired by David Korslund, senior advisor to the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) at New Resource Bank… headquarters in San Francisco.  The dialogue centered on the creation of an effective investment vehicle to generate capital for  

categories: banking, ecological limits, finance

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

The Great Disruption

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March 9, 2012

Last fall we had a great opportunity to host Paul Gilding in our office when he visited Portland to speak about his recent book.  Many of us had read The Great Disruption… over the summer and discussed his bold proclamation that “the climate crisis will bring on the end of  

categories: ecological limits

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