What About Nature Risk?

By Manuela Andreoni 03/14/24
Reporting the corporate risks of climate change is increasingly becoming a required part of doing business. This month, the Securities and Exchange Commission made such disclosures mandatory for public companies in the United States, following…
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Inside Amazon’s push to switch from plastic to paper mailers

By Heather Clancy 03/11/24
Over the past decade, Amazon trimmed almost 2 million tons of packaging from the boxes it uses to deliver items and in its grocery stores — a stat it touts in its most recent sustainability…
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Carbon Markets Test the Limits of Voluntary Action

By Alastair Marsh 03/06/24
The limits of voluntary climate action are evident everywhere you look. Every day it seems there’s another company scaling back its sustainability ambitions or another investment firm pulling out of industry coalitions set up to…
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US banks abandon ‘bare minimum’ environmental standards project, alarming climate groups

By Nina Lakhani and Dominic Rushe 03/05/24
Four of the world’s biggest banks have left the Equator Principles, a set of minimum industry standards and safeguards for financial institutions to address environmental and social risks in countries where they finance fossil fuel…
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US Firms Cut Emissions Most When Government Subsidizes Solutions

By Akshat Rathi 03/01/24
Would the US still be committed to climate action if Donald Trump becomes president again? The most common answer — from climate diplomats to renewable CEOs — is companies will take the baton and continue…
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The power of climate-focused investing

By Ellen Dorsey 02/23/24
The Feb. 21 editorial, “Investor climate activism isn’t working,” claimed that the divest-invest movement “has proved irrelevant or even counterproductive.” That’s dismissive of the thousands of students, teachers, doctors, mayors, union workers, faith leaders, pension…
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More Wall Street Firms Are Flip-Flopping on Climate. Here’s Why

By David Gelles 02/19/24
Many of the world’s biggest financial firms spent the past several years burnishing their environmental images by pledging to use their financial muscle to fight climate change. Now, Wall Street has flip-flopped. In recent days,…
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After Shutting Down, These Golf Courses Went Wild

By Cara Buckley 02/16/24
There was scraggly grass in one sand trap and wooden blocks and a toy castle in another, evidence of children at play. People were walking their dogs on the fairway, which was looking rather ragged…
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Bank of America Pledged to Stop Financing Coal. Now It’s Backtracking.

By Hiroko Tabuchi 02/03/24
Two years ago, Bank of America won kudos from climate activists for saying it would no longer finance new coal mines, coal-burning power plants or Arctic drilling projects because of the toll they take on…
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Patagonia’s Profits Are Funding Conservation — and Politics

By David Gelles and Kenneth P. Vogel 01/30/24
A little more than $3 million to block a proposed mine in Alaska. Another $3 million to conserve land in Chile and Argentina. And $1 million to help elect Democrats around the country, including $200,000…
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The New World Bank Leader Has the Climate Crisis at the Top of His Agenda

By David Gelles 12/08/23
For years now, heads of state and government, academics and development experts have been calling on the World Bank to lead in the fight against climate change.
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Why Those Bank Emissions Numbers Are So Rosy

By Alastair Marsh 11/08/23
On the surface, Deutsche Bank AG, Citigroup Inc. and Mizuho Financial Group Inc.all appear to be delivering on their promises to cut carbon emissions.
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The Green Fuel That Even Red America Loves

By Phred Dvorak   11/05/23  
The Biden administration’s climate push has gotten little love from the other side of the aisle.
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Paris targets need big private climate spending boost: IMF

By Andrew Freedman   10/03/23  
The International Monetary Fund warned Monday that countries cannot rely exclusively on public funds to cut greenhouse gas emissions, stating the effort needs a big boost from the private sector.
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Larry Fink “ashamed” to be part of ESG political debate

By John Frank   06/25/23  
BlackRock CEO Larry Fink said he's no longer using the term "ESG" (environment, social and governance) because it is being politically "weaponized" and he's "ashamed" to be part of the debate on the issue.
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Apple’s newest product announcement has some shoppers raising their eyebrows: ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’

By Laurelle Stelle   05/24/23  
In April, Apple announced plans to design only eco-friendly batteries containing recycled components by 2025. According to Engadget, Apple used 25% recycled cobalt in 2022. By 2025, it plans to use 100% recycled cobalt. It…
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Biden’s push to disclose climate risks hits wall of industry resistance

By Steven Mufson   05/02/23  
The Biden administration is struggling over rules that would force U.S. corporations to disclose more information about their climate risks and greenhouse gas emissions, from pizza deliveries and steel manufacturing to financial services and making…
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Shareholders at three big banks reject climate resolutions

By Avery Ellfeldt   04/26/23  
During the annual general meetings of Citigroup, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, stockholders voted down eight climate-related resolutions.
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Go Green, Then ‘Go Dark’?

By Ephrat Livni   04/21/23  
Some companies are keeping quiet about their sustainability initiatives, aiming to shield themselves from blowback from the right and the left....
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Banks Bank on LNG Exports

Any new fossil fuel infrastructure is incompatible with a safe climate, a fact confirmed by the recent IPCC report but in practice denied by nearly 20 major banks that are financing a methane export boom…
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Wall Street is thirsty for its next big investment opportunity: The West’s vanishing water

By Lucy Kafanov   03/22/23  
Situated in the Sonoran Desert near the Arizona-California border is the tiny rural town of Cibola – home to roughly 300 people, depending on the season.
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The world is finally cracking down on ‘greenwashing’

By Emma Marris   03/01/23  
Let’s say you want to buy a T-shirt and you want your investment to be as environmentally sustainable as possible—after all, clothing production generates 8 to 10 percent of global carbon emissions. How should you…
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Why an iPhone charging feature is facing surprising blowback

By Chris Velazco   03/01/23  
Imagine waking up in the middle of the night and groggily rolling over to check the time on your iPhone. Instead of seeing an already full battery indicator, though, you spot something else — a…
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Leading the Charge: The Clean200 Reveals Top Corporations Paving the Way for Clean Energy Transition

By Jessica Hunt   02/23/23  
The information technology sector contributed about $586 billion to the sustainable revenue of the 2023 Clean200 companies, which accounted for almost one-fourth of the total revenue. The communications services sector and the industrials sector followed…
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T‑Mobile Announces 2040 Net‑Zero Commitment

The Un‑carrier becomes the first in U.S. wireless to set target to achieve net‑zero emissions across its entire carbon footprint by 2040; also signs onto The Climate Pledge to reinforce commitment
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Clean Energy Powers American Business

Corporations purchased more clean energy in 2022 than any previous year, which is driving up demand for American clean energy and accelerating the clean energy transition.
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H&M Hit With Second Greenwashing Lawsuit

By Alexandra Harrell   11/11/22  
The Swedish fast-fashion giant canceled its “Conscious Choice” collection in September after a 12-year run following a reprimand from the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets for employing vague and unsubstantiated terms that could mislead…
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The green IT revolution: A blueprint for CIOs to combat climate change

By Gerrit Becker and Others   09/15/22  
Companies and governments looking to combat climate change are turning to tech for help. AI, new technologies, and some promising tech-driven business models have raised hopes for dramatic progress.
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Republicans plan legal assault on climate disclosure rules for public companies

By Adam Lowenstein   09/15/22  
Republican officials and corporate lobby groups are teeing up a multi-pronged legal assault on the Biden administration’s effort to help investors hold public corporations accountable for their carbon emissions and other climate change risks.
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Donnel Baird Raises Over $100 Million For BlocPower By Discovering The Right Problem To Solve

By David Reimer   08/30/22  
Donnel Baird created BlocPower to solve a huge problem that’s central to the global effort to address climate change. It is such a big problem that investors have poured over $100 million in debt and…
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Lowe’s Cuts Greenhouse Gases by 42% Using Renewables, Energy Efficiency

By Ken Silverstein   08/16/22  
Lowe’s Companies is a home-improvement retailer with nearly 2,200 stores in the United States and Canada. The Mooresville, NC company employs 300,000 people and had sales in 2021 of $96 billion. In 2021, it cut…
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Amazon’s carbon footprint grew again – up 18% in 2021 – despite ongoing efforts to go green

By Lisa Stiffler   08/01/22  
Amazon’s carbon footprint grew 18% last year — the third straight year of increased emissions since the company started sharing the information. The Seattle-area company created the international Climate Pledge, vowing to reach carbon neutrality…
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Ford Plans Up to 8,000 Job Cuts to Help Fund EV Investment

By Keith Naughton and Others   07/21/22  
Ford Motor Co. is preparing to cut as many as 8,000 jobs in the coming weeks as the automaker tries to boost profits to fund its push into the electric-vehicle market, according to people familiar…
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How two college friends launched a company that has helped save 32 terawatt hours of energy and more than $3 billion in energy bills

By Catherine Clifford   07/14/22  
Before Alex Laskey launched an energy efficiency company in 2007, he was primarily working on political campaigns, “almost exclusively losing campaigns,” he told CNBC in a phone conversation in June.
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Can planting a trillion new trees save the world?

By Zach St. George   07/13/22  
To fight climate change, companies and nonprofits have been promoting worldwide planting campaigns. Getting to a trillion is easier said than done.
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Microsoft inks 10-year carbon dioxide removal deal with Climeworks

By Lisa Martine Jenkins   07/13/22  
Microsoft just made a major commitment to sucking carbon from the sky. The company signed a 10-year deal with Swiss direct air-capture company Climeworks as part of its carbon dioxide removal portfolio.
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Supreme Court ruling gives leverage to businesses

By Andrew Ross Sorkin   07/01/22  
The Supreme Court yesterday limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate power plant emissions, dealing a significant blow to the Biden administration’s climate change agenda. The ruling is the product of a longstanding campaign…
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Yes, We Need to Talk About Cutting Energy Demand

By Jason Bordoff   06/29/22  
Germany put its energy sector on war footing last week, warning of impending shortages as Russia further tightens deliveries of natural gas to Europe. By reducing Europe’s ability to fill inventories that will be needed…
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Net-Zero Targets Aren’t Attainable Without Ending Deforestation

By Alastair Marsh   06/29/22  
The global economy won’t reach net-zero carbon emissions without putting an end to deforestation. That’s the conclusion of the United Nations-backed Race to Zero campaign, which pushes companies and investors to reduce emissions. The report,…
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Listed companies on track to cause nearly 3 degree climate ‘chaos’ – MSCI

By Noah Browning   06/28/22  
Equity index compiler MSCI said on Tuesday the world's listed companies were on a course to cause global warming of 2.9 degrees Celsius, well above a target to limit the worst effects of climate change…
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Big Tech is pouring millions into the wrong climate solution at Davos

By Justine Calma   05/25/22  
Alphabet, Microsoft, and Salesforce today pledged $500 million to new climate tech that’s supposed to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to keep it from heating up the planet. It’s the latest move by…
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Corporations Pledge to Buy ‘Green’ at Davos Gathering

By Lisa Friedman   05/25/22  
More than 50 corporations have joined a global “buyers’ club” that pledges to purchase aluminum, steel and other commodities made from processes that emit little to no carbon, a move that will be announced on…
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Big Fossil’s disaster capitalist response to Russia-Ukraine

By Amy Westervelt   05/25/22  
The industry moved quickly to capture the narrative, going from disinformation blitz to policy wins within a matter of weeks.
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Inaction on climate change could cost economy $178 trillion: Deloitte

By Deloitte   05/23/22  
Inaction on climate change could cost the economy $178 trillion over the next 50 years, or a 7.6 percent cut to gross domestic product (GDP) in 2070, a research report from Deloitte Center for Sustainable…
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HSBC suspends head of responsible investing who called climate warnings ‘shrill’

By Kalyeena Makortoff   05/22/22  
HSBC has suspended a senior banker after he referred to climate crisis warnings as “unsubstantiated” and “shrill” during a conference speech that has since been denounced by the lender’s chief executive. Stuart Kirk, who has…
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Could Google’s carbon emissions have effectively doubled overnight?

By Bill McKibben   05/20/22  
A new report suggests the money that Big Tech companies keep in the banking system can do more climate damage than the products they sell.
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Food Waste Innovation: Good for Business, Essential for the Earth

By Tonya Bakritzes   04/27/22  
Food waste happens at every stage of the supply chain, with inclement weather, overproduction, distribution and processing issues, and uncertain markets leading to losses even before the food arrives at retail locations, while overstocking, overbuying,…
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Press release: edgi releases report on carbon emissions by us corporations

By EDGI Comms   04/20/22  
Today, the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) releases its report, Owning Up: A Tool to Measure US Carbon Emissions by Corporations. The report analyzes greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions tracked by the U.S. Environmental Protection…
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Salesforce Ramps Up Investments in Global Fight Against Climate Change

By Gary E. Frank   04/19/22  
Salesforce is giving a total of $11 million to 12 global nonprofits in the first round of donations from its $100 million Ecosystem Restoration and Global Justice Fund. The donations, which were announced April 12…
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Goldman Sachs pushes directors for more climate data

By Ross Kerber   03/24/22  
Goldman Sachs' (GS.N) big asset-management arm will take a harder line in voting on directors at companies that do not disclose enough about their greenhouse gas emissions, an executive said on Thursday, adding to the…
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New SEC climate rule leaves progressives wanting more

By Rachel Frazin and Saul Elbein   03/23/22  
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took a long-sought step this week by proposing to require that publicly traded companies disclose their direct and indirect climate change contributions, but advocates are pointing to loopholes they…
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American companies can’t sugarcoat their carbon pollution anymore

Robinson Meyer   03/23/22  
On Monday, the SEC announced that it would add another layer to this set of essential disclosures, requiring companies to also release information about their climate risks. Starting next fiscal year, the country’s largest public…
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ESG: The Tidal Wave Hitting Businesses in 2022

By Dean Amhaus   03/22/22  
A growing tidal wave hitting businesses can be summarized in three letters – ESG. The environmental, social and governance investing movement may not have fully grabbed the public’s attention – yet – but it is…
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Why the SEC’s New Climate Rules Could Divide Corporate America

By Justin Worland   03/22/22  
Even couched in wonky, legalistic language, the difference in tone between the American Bankers Association (ABA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) is hard to miss. Last year, following a request for feedback from the…
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The SEC wants companies to disclose how climate change is affecting them

By David Gura   03/21/22  
Every year, public companies in the U.S. are required to provide investors and regulators with detailed data about their financial performance and the risks they face. Soon, they may also have to disclose information about…
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For This Company, Its Single-Use Plastics Target is Zero

By Gary E. Frank   03/18/22  
In response to growing consumer demand for products that help reduce waste, Target recently launched Target Zero, a collection of products intended to reduce single-use packaging.
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SEC plans to force public companies to disclose greenhouse gas emissions

By Douglas MacMillan and Maxine Joselow   03/15/22  
From Coca-Cola to Tesla, companies report emissions in widely different ways. A new federal rule is expected to standardize climate disclosures, putting the U.S. on closer footing with other countries.
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Microsoft’s Pursuit of Climate Goals Runs Into Headwinds

By Peter Eavis   03/10/22  
Microsoft has an ambitious plan to cut its carbon emissions. But on Thursday, the company reported a big increase in the greenhouse gases emanating from its operations and its products, a reminder of the challenges…
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Inside Walmart’s climate and sustainability strategy

By Jennifer Overstreet   03/01/22  
As one of the largest and most influential retail companies in the world, what Walmart says and does about sustainability makes a big impact. On this week’s episode of the Retail Gets Real podcast, Walmart…
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What’s Driving Insurers to Prioritize ESG Investments?

By Jonathan McGoran   02/23/22  
A recent survey of 280 decision makers at U.S.-based life/annuity and P&C insurers shows increased attention and commitment to aligning investments with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals.
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Top companies are undermining their climate pledges with political donations, report says

By Maxine Joselow   02/23/22  
Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202! We have a newsy edition today featuring the energy implications of Russian aggression against Ukraine and the findings of an International Energy Agency report on methane emissions.
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Salesforce Tackles Net Zero Credibility As It Adds Sustainability As A Fifth Core Value

By Felicia Jackson   02/16/22  
While debate is rife around the credibility of net zero targets, Salesforce has announced that it is adding sustainability to its existing core values, alongside a suite of offerings to help clients address their own…
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