Posts Categorized ‘Climate Change’

Despite Federal Setbacks, Landmark Progress on Climate
By James Griffitts, Contributor

Much has been written on the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement as fear of unchecked climate change abounds. However, despite (and in some cases, subsequent to) the decision, state and local governments and the private sector have made unprecedented commitments to meet climate goals set by the agreement: A long and growing list Read more »

Posted: August 9, 2017

White House to Require Greenhouse Reporting by Government Contractors
By JJ Jahania

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council has proposed new legislation to require the United States government's top suppliers to report whether or not they publicly disclose their greenhouse gas emissions. These contractors will be required to also address how they plan to reduce these emissions and how climate change may affect their operations in the future. Read more »

Posted: August 26, 2016

Shareowners to Companies: Take Action on Climate!
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Originally published as a Future 500 blog. Shareowners have the opportunity every year to weigh in on issues they believe companies should address by filing shareholder resolutions at the company's annual meeting. By taking a close look at the resolutions filed each year, investor priorities emerge. According to the latest Proxy Preview, a comprehensive overview Read more »

Posted: May 26, 2016

Shareowner Action on Climate: What Is the Impact?
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

The escalating investor concern about climate change risk is reflected in the level of shareowner activity over the last 15 years. Shareholder resolutions related to climate change numbered less than 10 in 2001, but this number has skyrocketed to 167 in 2015. This does not include the many dialogues and other communications not related to Read more »

Posted: December 7, 2015

A Brief Guide to COP21
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

COP21, the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, begins on November 30th in Paris. COP21's goal is "for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations" to "achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2C." Read more »

Posted: November 25, 2015

COP21 Paris
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

In climate change, humankind faces a challenge of unprecedented magnitude. While skepticism remains, the science of anthropogenic climate change is broadly accepted. Calls to keep the average rise in global temperatures within a 2C threshold date back to 1975. Two degrees centigrade may not sound like much, but to put it in context, the temperature Read more »

Posted: October 27, 2015

The Pope and the Politics of Climate Change
By Rebecca Jackson, Contributor

Climate change has long been a polarizing issue in the United States. With a Presidential election on the horizon, this issue will likely become even more divisive as candidates duke it out for funding and votes. However, the usual lines of demarcation between left-and-right are blurring-thanks, in part, to Pope Francis.   In June, the Pope Read more »

Posted: July 17, 2015

Record-Breaking Global Investments in Renewables
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

Last year was a record-breaking year for new renewable energy installations. According to a report conducted by Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre, investments in renewable energy were up 17% from 2013 to $270 billion globally in 2014. Investments in solar and wind accounted for over 90% of all investments focused on the clean energy sector. Read more »

Posted: May 4, 2015

Guardian Launches Campaign to keep Fossil Fuels Underground
By James Griffitts, Contributor

Keep it in the Ground is a recent campaign launched by The Guardian advocating that fossil fuels be left underground and sustainable energy sources be used instead. The campaign is centered around a petition to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, the world’s two largest charitable organizations, to divest themselves of Read more »

Posted: April 22, 2015

BP Calls for Meaningful Global Price on Carbon
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

Emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) are rising. Climate scientists tell us that the 2o Celsius average global warming target limit will soon be surpassed, changing the livability of the planet. As such, the recent public call from BP—one of the largest fossil fuel extraction companies in the world—for a meaningful global price on carbon is Read more »

Posted: April 20, 2015