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Mindy S. Lubber is the president of Ceres, a nonprofit sustainability advocacy organization that mobilizes investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy.

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Clearing the Table, Not the Rainforest, This Thanksgiving

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 2:51 PM

Thanksgiving is going to look a little different this year for orangutans in Indonesia... and for your investment portfolio. While that difference may not be immediately apparent to shoppers and chefs, these changes have the potential to redefine how corporations -- whose products appear at your neighborhood Safeway and on...

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U.S. Policymakers Falling Behind Corporate America on Clean Energy

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 3:23 PM

Earlier this month, when the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to reduce power plant carbon emissions by 30 percent, critics were quick to rattle off tired arguments, claiming that the new standards would wreck the economy. But this time many businesses opposed these claims.

More than 170 companies...

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Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Still Leaves a Painful Legacy

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Exactly 25 years ago, 260,000 barrels of crude oil from the Exxon Valdez oil tanker inundated the frigid, fragile waters of Alaska's Prince William Sound. Many disturbing physical reminders of the largest tanker disaster in U.S. history still linger -- populations of marine mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates still haven't...

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Clean Trillion California Dreamin'

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 7:06 PM

This year's Climate Leadership Conference was held in San Diego, and for good reason. The Golden State leads the nation in clean energy progress and innovation, thanks to its many forward-looking policies.

My colleagues returned from San Diego brimming with inspiring on-the-ground stories of clean innovations, from...

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Extreme Weather Is the New Reality

(6) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 12:23 PM

There's been a nasty change in the weather of late, and for businesses the forecast is simple: be prepared.

In 2011, extreme weather caused more than $148 billion in economic losses, and $55 billion in insured losses globally. A major chunk of those insured losses -- more than...

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Shale Oil "Flaring" Is Dirty Secret of U.S. Oil Boom

(3) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 1:30 PM

Given the economic, energy and climate change challenges we face, you'd think it wouldn't be necessary to write a column illustrating how it makes no sense to "flare" -- literally burn up -- $110 million worth of perfectly good natural gas each year without even using it to...

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Insurers Brace for Stormy Weather as the World Warms

(13) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 10:37 AM

"Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it," said Mark Twain.

Now that we understand the link between Earth's changing climate and the severe weather, that's no longer true. Individuals, companies, and countries are working to curb emissions that are warming the world...

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Hour of Power

(7) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 1:03 PM

At any moment Congress will decide whether to extend the production tax credit, which gives wind power producers a 2.2 cent tax credit for every kilowatt hour of power they produce.

Among those urging extension are some of America's biggest brands and largest purchasers of wind and...

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Major Investors Show the Way on Climate Change

(26) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 5:02 PM

Anyone who thinks the business world doesn't believe in acting on climate change should check out what's happening at the United Nations today. Some 450 global investors who control tens of trillion in assets are gathering for the Investor Summit on Climate Risk and Energy Solutions.

These...

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Economists Urge Honest Accounting of Carbon's True Costs

(25) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 7:47 PM

With all eyes riveted on the debt talks and efforts to avert an economy-busting government default, little attention is being paid to another debt that is similarly ballooning out of control and threatening to spur its own economic chaos:

The carbon debt.

Those pesky greenhouse gas emissions that we spew...

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Swimming for Wind Power in America

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 10:02 AM

CANCÙN -- Denise Bode is like a salmon swimming up a dam-laden river.

Bode is America's leading wind energy advocate and all the conversations she's hearing in Cancún are about exciting wind projects across the globe -- except in America.

At a GreenSolutions panel this week, the CEO of Spanish...

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'Tis the Season for Greening Wall Street

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 3:47 PM

'Tis the season for low expectations on climate change and other global sustainability challenges. Yet there's no reason to think our stockings will forever be stuffed with coal.

Enormous worldwide business innovation is taking place to build a clean sustainable economy and it's just a matter of time before it...

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9 Miles a Gallon -- and Lovin' It

(4) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 9:04 PM

When does 9 miles a gallon sound just dandy -- environmentally and businesswise -- to a longtime sustainability stalwart like me?

No, it's not because I've sold out and traded my Camry hybrid for a fire-sale Escalade.

We're talking trucks here -- those big, hulking semis filling your rearview mirror...

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Lessons from the Edge

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 10:44 AM

Jared Diamond is the prophet of sinking societies.

His acclaimed book, "Collapse," chronicled the demise of simple and advanced civilizations alike - the deforestation that ravaged Easter Island, the soil and water depletion that undid the Mayans, the drought and overpopulation of New Mexico's Anasazi Indians.

So what is Diamond's...

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Pakistan Flooding Hits Home

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 2:55 PM

By Mindy Lubber

Attention T-shirt lovers: Pakistan's catastrophic flooding is important to you, too.

Beyond the immense suffering within Pakistan's borders, the flooding is also triggering ripples for America's economic interests, from higher cotton and rice prices to national security costs in the fight against terrorism.

While many...

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US Power Sector is Changing -- Even Without a Climate Bill

(8) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 11:05 AM

Now that the climate bill is in hibernation, it would be easy to despair that the US power sector will resume its tradition of burning high-polluting coal to sell increasing amounts of electricity.

The Washington Post opted for such a conclusion in an Aug. 23 article, "Proliferation of...

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The Senate Punts Recklessly on Energy and Climate

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 5:08 PM

Even in hyper-partisan modern Washington one would have thought that, in the end, the Senate would have more plain sense than to turn its back on comprehensive energy and climate legislation this year. But that's exactly what it did last week.

In a breath-taking act of historic and inter-generational irresponsibility,...

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BP Drops the Ball, Nike Scores

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2010 | 11:49 AM

The World Cup. The BP Oil Spill.

Both are reverberating around the world. But in one, you have a company who responded poorly to risk. In the other, you have one meeting it head on -- a soccer header if you will.

What exactly do the World Cup and...

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Outdoor Industries: Feeling the Heat from Climate Change

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 11:52 AM

It's July 4th weekend in 2025, and you're an outdoors lover looking to go rafting and trout fishing in the national park formerly known as Glacier.  The only problem, in the midst of the longest drought on record, is that many rivers in Montana -- as well as the rest...

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Canada Oil Sands: Shortsighted Solution to Gulf Spill

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 4:41 PM

Out of the frying pan and into the fire? Offshore oil drilling, meet Canada's oil sands.

Proponents of this vast alternative oil source in Canada have wasted no time loudly pitching themselves as the great North American alternative to risky deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Not...

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