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Large US oil and gas companies are not adequately disclosing to their investors the risk that a portion of their carbon-based assets could be left stranded. Boston-based sustainability organization, Ceres, in collaboration with CookESG Research, recently launched a new version of its online Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Sustainability Disclosure Search Tool, providing users with […more…]

This year saw a record high in mutual fund support for climate-related resolutions tracked by Ceres (Mutual fund companies show record high support for climate change shareholder resolutions). Voting records show that mutual funds voted favourably 29% of the time in the 2013 proxy season, an all-time high for the annual survey conducted by Ceres […more…]

In a move that paves the way for a closer link between climate-related performance and investment decision making, the UK government has announced that it will require large public companies to disclose in their annual reports their greenhouse gas emissions. This will affect approximately 1,600 large companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and will […more…]

As universal owners with some 35% of US$11.8 trillion in assets under management invested in domestic stocks, mutual funds have both the rationale and power to move the corporate and legislative agenda on climate change in the US. Yet, their proxy voting guidelines remain mostly silent on specific environmental issues, including climate change. In a […more…]

The year 2010 tied with 2005 for the hottest year on record, globally. In 2010 CO2 levels reached a record high. Rising waters threatened coastlines and rendered properties in some parts of the world uninsurable. In less than a year Australia recorded its driest ever month, June 2010, and its costliest-ever flooding, in January 2011. […more…]