Stories Below come from our Media Partner 3BL Media - Click their logo or any of the stories for more information
Global Warming and Climate Change, Global Warning Information, Updates
Global Warming and Climate Change
Updated January 2011
The year 2010 ended with an enormous blizzard that engulfed the northeast US, paralyzing New York and Boston and much of the Atlantic Coast. That storm was followed almost three weeks later by yet another severe snow storm that had the same effect. Speculation started immediately that these events had their roots in global warming – Time Magazine wrote:
“The World Meteorological Organization recently reported that 2010 is almost certainly going to be one of the three warmest years on record, while 2001 to 2010 is already the hottest decade in recorded history. Indeed, according to some scientists, all of these events may actually be connected.”
Just a few days before at the CNN debate on climate change, UN Climate Secretary Christiana Figueres said that “private businesses are better placed than governments to tackle global warming because they can act faster...” There appeared to be an agreement at the event that the urgency to reduce carbon emissions was such that business could not afford to wait for governments to act.
Prior to the UN-sponsored Cancun Climate Conference in December 2010, the world's largest global investors were urging the conference delegates and the US Congress to “take action now in the fight against global warming or risk economic disruptions far more severe than the recent financial crisis.”
Unfortunately, at Cancun and the year before in Copenhagen, government progress to address climate change only inched slightly forward. But while government consensus moved by inches, the scientists tell us we should be moving by miles – or do they?
The last two years has seen the debate of the existence of human-caused climate change -- or any climate changed -- challenged by doubters. Some poor science conducted by some believers/ supporters, followed by unfortunate media reporting and the issues identified as hot in the recent Congressional elections saw weak support for global warming among Americans. Witness this: “The poll, one of four annual surveys conducted by Shelton Group, surveyed 1,098 Americans who at least occasionally buy green products and found only about half believe climate change is occurring and caused by human beings…”
While the majority of the American public apparently are yet to believe in the problems of climate change and global warming and world governments unable to agree on a course of action, AC will continue to focus on potentially one of the greatest issues world society faces. Since this section was begun in April 2008 more than 1,200 articles, commentaries and reports have been posted for our readers. No doubt there is more to come. (We invite you to tell us where you stand on the issues.)
Institutional investors are focused on the potential or rising risk posed by climate change to the companies they hold in portfolios. “Climate change,” “global warming” and “sustainability” (of the company owned, over the long-term) are trigger phrases now for all manner of shareholder activities – and corporate responses. The argument is not always about “if” climate change is occurring or “who” or “what” is responsible – often, the investors now ask: What is the company doing to prepare for and mitigate the risk? Investors have many questions: Has the company charted its “carbon footprint” – has management taken steps to inform shareowners of real or potential climate change risks – what are the potential costs of mitigating such risks – and more.
Looking to put muscle behind these requests, shareowners are filing numerous proxy petitions (shareholder sponsored proxy resolutions) on the ballot in 2008. Coalitions are being formed to address climate risk issues at public companies. On September 18, 2007, a broad coalition of investors, state officials with regulatory and fiscal management responsibilities, and environmental groups filed a landmark petition asking the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to require publicly-traded companies to assess and fully disclose their financial risks related to climate change issues. The coalition formally asked the Commission's Division of Corporation Finance to immediately begin "[c]losely scrutinizing the adequacy of registrants' climate disclosures" under existing law.
The institutional investors involved represent $1.5 trillion in managed assets and include major public employee pension funds, state treasurers and comptrollers, state attorneys general and major environmental organizations. Their “First of a Kind” resolution will create major waves on Wall Street and in the corporate suites as the campaign goes on. (This issue is not going anyway anytime soon.)
The coalition includes the Environmental Defense, Ceres, the California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, Maine State Treasurer David G. Lemoine, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, North Carolina State Treasurer Richard Moore and Oregon State Treasurer Randall Edwards, as well as New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo.
The Securities and Exchange Commission staff had no immediate reaction, but in the overall dialogue regarding shareholders rights, federal regulations and corporate governance, this measure landed like a bombshell in Washington, DC. Accountability-Central will continue to present news and commentary as the climate change issue unfolds and various capital markets players present their views and opinions.
Learn more about climate change: http://www.learnstuff.com/climate-change-and-global-warming-an-objective-overview/
Latest on Global Warming and Climate Change
October 30, 2020 The Earth has a deadline': The value of sustainability and how to incorporate it into your daily lifeSource: State News
Climate change is real. Global warming is real. Every decision made from this day forth either helps protect the planet or adds to its demise. There are easy first steps to sustainability that every individual can follow, which...
October 30, 2020 BlackRock pushes for global ESG standardsSource: ft
BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has called for the “alphabet soup” of standards used by companies to showcase their sustainability efforts to be replaced by a globally recognised framework, warning an overhaul was...
Source: The Drum
For the first time in as long as people can remember, there are small fish in the now-clear canals of Venice. In Mumbai, a flock of 150,000 flamingos has settled in the newly-quiet city. And in east London, a small herd of deer...
October 29, 2020 Finland is the 'most sustainable' country, say expatsSource: BigThink
InterNations, the world's largest expat network, has delivered a global ranking with a twist. For the first time, it's asked its members to rate the environmental and sustainability qualities of their work countries.
October 29, 2020 Bank loans scrutinised for harm to wildlife as well as climateSource: Straits Times
LONDON - Campaigners called on Wednesday (Oct 28) for global banks to stop financing industrial activities driving animal and plant species towards extinction, after a report ranked 50 lenders involved in sectors that pose the...
October 27, 2020 Gillette® Global Survey Reveals Men Are More Focused on Sustainability as Result of COVID-19Source: Business Wire
The new data reveals that this unprecedented time has deepened men’s commitment to preserving the planet for the next generation – and through Gillette’s ongoing sustainability journey, we hope to make a positive difference...
October 27, 2020 Beyond Sustainability: The Regenerative BusinessSource: Forbes
What if companies reinvented their supply chains and business practices so they function altruistically like a forest? Then they will operate as regenerative businesses that give back 10x and even 100x more to society and the...
October 27, 2020 The Plastic Myth and the Misunderstood TriangleSource: EcoWatch
Of all the plastic we've ever produced, only 9% has been recycled. So what happened to all that plastic you've put in the recycling bin over the years? Hands up if you grew up thinking that recycling plastic waste is key to...
October 26, 2020 For energy transition, the key word is sustainability, not politicsSource: The Hill
For energy transition, the key word is sustainability, not politics © istock Two words — sustainable and transition — are frequently used when we talk about energy these days and unfortunately, the definitions are at best...
October 23, 2020 Op/Ed: Considering Alternative Energy Sources for ShipsSource: Marine Link
There are more than 60,000 ships in the world, which engines emit almost 2.5% of the world's greenhouse gases. The automotive industry has made rapid progress towards electrification and there is more and more talk of hydrogen...
|HOME | ABOUT THE SITE | SUBSCRIBE TO SUSTAINABILITY HIGHLIGHTS NEWSLETTER | VOICES: FEATURED COMMENTATORS AND BLOGGERS | SPECIAL SECTIONS|