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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

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

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

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

Shale gas and water use

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November 21, 2012

Modern shale gas extraction, known as hydraulic fracturing, has expanded access to carbon fuel reserves in the U.S. that would have been considered unattainable just five years ago.  The implications are significant for both the economy and the environment. Natural gas currently accounts for almost a quarter of U.S. energy…  

categories: energy, greenhouse gas emissions, natural gas, water

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

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

Japan to phase out nuclear energy by 2040

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September 27, 2012

Following the earthquake and tsunami that forced the Japanese government to shut down all of Japan’s nuclear power plants last March, the country has significantly shifted its energy sources.  Today, just two of the country’s 50 nuclear reactors have recommenced operations.  Prior to the natural disaster, Japan depended on its…  

categories: environmental health, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, regulations, renewable energy, risk

Carbon Disclosure Project to U.S. Government: Set carbon price

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September 19, 2012

Last week, at the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Global Climate Change Forum, the organization issued a challenge to the United States to match the leadership of many corporations by moving forward on climate regulation.  The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is a London-based research organization that represents 650 institutional investors, including Portfolio…  

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

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

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