Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Green Market Oracle's Top 20 Stories of 2012: Sustainability, Science and Weather

Fueled by a plethora of new research and extreme weather, sustainability, cleantech and renewable energy continued to grow in 2012 and investors are increasingly demanding that environmental issues are part of the disclosure profiles of corporations.

The Green Market Oracle's top six stories of 2012 involve the subjects of Sustainability, science and weather. The next series of top stories (7 - 11) is focused on environmental politics. The third installment of The Green Market Oracle's top 20 stories (12 - 16) deal with environmental communications. The final installment (17 - 20) is focused on education.

Here is the first installment of The Green Market Oracle's top 20 stories of 2012.


1. The Growth of Sustainability

Despite ongoing economic harships, sustainability continued to grow in 2012 and the evidence increasingly indicates that these efforts are conducive to enhanced profits. The ever expanding reach of sustainability is now finding its way into businesses of all sizes. Supply chain demands are driving companies large and small to embrace sustainability. Sustainability has moved beyond reporting and into a wide diversity of business practices.

10 Sustainability Initiatives for Small Businesses
Small Businesses Need to Embrace Sustainability Too
Message to the Federation of Small Businesses: Every Business Can Go Green (Video) 
The Growth of Corporate Sustainability in 2013
Communications Disconnect Revealed by the Sustainability Leadership Report
Project Management of Corporate Sustainability; Implementation Perspectives (White paper)
The Business Community is Moving Forward with Sustainability
CFOs are Embracing Sustainability and Seeing Benefits
The 8 C's of Sustainability Branding by Marc Stoiber
The Green Economy is the Right Solution for our Troubled Times
Corporate Sustainability is Driving Green the Green Economy
Launching of the New Global Green Economy
The False Choice Between the Economy and the Environment
A Private Sector Approach to Clean Technology from the CTTA
Data Shows that Sustainability Pays
Sustainability Offers a Competitive Advantage & Better ROI
The CDP Identifies Germany as the Global Sustainability Leader
CDP Report Shows a Growing Number of Companies See the Risks Posed by Climate Change
Call to Service: Teaching Sustainability at Business Schools
The Business Case for Sustainability from a Skeptic (Video)
Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point
Investors and Global Sustainability
MIT Survey Shows More Businesses are Embracing Sustainability and Turning a Profit
Sustainability Success Kit from Enviance
Sustainability (Sustainable) Defined
Global Survey on Sustainability
The GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework
The New Sustainability Advantage
Corporate Sustainability Experts Want a Tax
Corporate Sustainability Experts Scoff
China's Twitter Users Focused on Sustainability
Spring of Sustainability (Video)
Corporate Sustainability Strategies in Asia (Video)
Sustainability Methodology (Video)
Sustainability in the Workplace Low-Hanging Fruit (Video)
The Benefits of Sustainability in Business (Video)
How sustainability can Save your Business (Video)
The New Sustainability Advantage (Book)
Responsible Procurement Strategy (e-book)
UN Supply Chain Sustainability Tool Introduced at Rio+20
Digging In: The Nuts and Bolts of Supply Chain Sustainability (White Paper)
Introduction to Sustainable Supply Chains
Sustainable Supply Chain Data Book
Ten Sources of Green Supply Chain Information
The Supply Chain of CO2 Emissions (Paper)
New Dimensions in Supply Chain Management (White Paper)
CIPS Sustainable Procurement Tool
Five Elements of a Sustainable Supply Chain
The Lean Sustainable Supply Chain
Understanding Responsible Procurement and Creating Value 

2. Investing and Environmental Disclosure 

Stock exchanges and investors are increasingly demanding that companies disclose both their environmental initiatives and list their vulnerabilities. Investments in sustainable companies are not only well positioned to provide profit in the long term they are offering a return in the present. Stock Exchanges Increasingly Mandating Sustainability Reporting http://www.thegreenmarketoracle.com/2012/12/stock-exchanges-increasingly-mandating.html

Mandatory Emissions Reporting on the UK Stock Exchange
Company Rankings from the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes 2012 - 2013 Alternative Energy Stocks After Obama's Election Victory in 2012
The CERINA Investment Model from IWR
A Company's Environmental Comportment Impacts Stock Valuations
Data Shows that Sustainability Pays
The Growth of Sustainability as Revealed by 3 MIT Reports
Sustainability Offers a Competitive Advantage & Better ROI
Will 2012 be the Best Year Ever For Clean-Tech Investment?
Renewable Energy in 2012: The Global Economic and Environmental Climate
Investors and Global Sustainability
Renewable Energy Is Our Only Hope
How the West can Capitalize on the Growth of Chinese Cleantech in 2012
Outlook for the Chinese Solar Industry in 2012
India is the World Leader in Cleantech Investment Growth
The EU Debt Crisis did Not Curb the Growth of Renewables in 2011
UK Renewable Energy 2011 Overview
UK Wind Energy
Cuts to UK Solar FiTs Could Prove Deadly
Cuts to UK Wind Power ROCs & FiTs
The Implications of the Expiration of US Renewable Energy Subsidies
Obama 2013 Budget Seeks to Make Renewable Tax Credits Permanent
US Wind Energy Market Review and Forecasts for 2012
US Solar Energy Review and 2012 Forecasts
Geothermal Energy Market Review and Forecasts for 2012
UK Government Investments in Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Investments from Corporate Sustainability is Driving Green Businesses in the UK
Will 2012 be the Best Year Ever For Clean-Tech Investment?
Investments from Corporate Sustainability is Driving Green Businesses in the UK
UK Government Investments in Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Greener Vehicles Growing Cleantech and Providing Green Jobs
Cleantech Partnerships and Collaborations
California and Other US Leaders in Cleantech Investments
Leading US Cleantech Investment Sectors in 2011 Q3 and Q4
VC Investment in US Cleantech in 2011
US Regains Lead from China as Clean Energy Leader

3. The Prodigious Growth of Renewable Energy and Cleantech

 In the US and around the world 2012 was a very significant year for the growth of renewable energy and clean technologies. Capitalizing on what many fear is the last year of government support, alternative energy grew at a prodigious rate in the US. Thanks to government support, the UK and China also saw significant growth in renewable energy generation. Obama Administration First Ever Renewable Energy Leases

The Obama Administration Has Grown Renewable Energy
American Voters Want More Renewable Energy
President Clinton on What the American Public Needs to Know about Renewable Energy
China and the Growth of Global Wind Power
The Promise of Renewable Energy in the US
Renewable Energy in 2012: The Global Economic and Environmental Climate
Renewable Energy Is Our Only Hope
How the West can Capitalize on the Growth of Chinese Cleantech in 2012
Outlook for the Chinese Solar Industry in 2012
India is the World Leader in Cleantech Investment Growth
The EU Debt Crisis did Not Curb the Growth of Renewables in 2011
UK Wind Energy
Cuts to UK Solar FiTs Could Prove Deadly
Cuts to UK Wind Power ROCs & FiTs
The Implications of the Expiration of US Renewable Energy Subsidies
Obama 2013 Budget Seeks to Make Renewable Tax Credits Permanent
US Wind Energy Market Review and Forecasts for 2012
US Solar Energy Review and 2012 Forecasts
Geothermal Energy Market Review and Forecasts for 2012
British Government to Lead the Green Economy
Market Forces and the UK's Green Deal
UK Government Investments in Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Corporate Sustainability is Driving Green Businesses in the UK
UK Renewable Energy 2011 Overview
Cuts to UK Wind Power ROCs & FiTs
UK Wind Energy
Cuts to UK Solar FiTs Could Prove Deadly
Scottish Wind Energy Can Power Europe
The Growth of London's Green Economy
Sustainability and the European Super Grid

4. Scientific Research Provides More Evidence for Anthropogenic Climate Change

A number of important studies were published in 2012 that illustrate the ever increasing threat from climate change. Taken together these studies add to the already overwhelming body of evidence on the anthropogenic origins of climate change. This research also reveals that the window of opportunity to deal with these environmental threats is quickly getting smaller.

Comprehensive Review of the Science on Anthropogenic Climate Change
A Brief History of Anthropogenic Climate Change Science (Video)
Climate Change is Already Killing 400,000 People Annually
Key Findings of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5)
World Resources Institute Warning About New Coal Plants
PricewaterhouseCoopers Climate Change Warning
International Renewable Energy Institute Climate Warning
Warning from the International Energy Agency: The World's Ongoing Reliance on Fossil Fuels Crushes Hopes of Averting Climate Change
World Bank Climate Change Warning
World Meteorological Organization Climate Warning
World Bank Climate Change Warning
UNEP Warning: We are on The Brink of a Climate Catastrophe
World Bank Report Warns of A 4°C World
10 Charts on Climate Change
September 2012 was the Warmest in Recorded History (NOAA)
Strong Body of Evidence for a Changing Climate
American Meteorological Society Corroborates Anthropogenic Climate Change
More Scientific Support for Anthropogenic Climate Change
The Fifth Global Environmental Outlook Report
A New Study Indicates We Are Reaching a Tipping Points
Environmental Tipping Points
Climate Change Science
Top Four Climate Studies of 2011
Interactive Map Reveals Warmer Spring 2012
2012 is but the Latest Year Marked by Heat and Drought
Heat in the US Northeast and Drought Around the World IN 2012
Temperature Data: 1880 - 2011 (Video)
New NASA Video Graphically Illustrates that the Earth is Warming
Popular Media is Distorting the Facts about Climate
Bill McKibben: Global Warming's Terrifying New Math
Study Shows that Climate Change is Killing Forests

5. Surveys Show People are Accepting Climate Change and Demanding Action

The US is More Accepting of the Science of Climate Change
Earth Day Poll: Environment is Important
US Wants Government Action on the Environment
US Environmental Attitudes 2007 - 2012
The World “Connects the Dots” Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change
MIT Survey Shows More Businesses are Embracing Sustainability and Turning a Profit
Global Survey on Sustainability
Republicans Deny Facts on Climate Change
Americans are Less Green this Earth Day
The GfK MRI Survey of the American Consumer™
Consumers Skeptical of Environmental Claims
People Want Fuel Efficient Vehicles
Corporate Sustainability Experts Want a Tax on Carbon
CSR Standards Reduce Risk
Women are More Environmentally Friendly
Led by Quebec Canadians Believe that Climate Change is Real
Top 10 Global Sustainability Leaders (Report)
Top Ten Companies in the 2012 Carbon Disclosure Project Report
The Growth of Sustainability as Revealed by 3 MIT Reports

6. Extreme Weather Events are Driving Support for Action on Climate Change

The increasing number of extreme weather events is making it easier for people to make the link between human activities and the effects of global warming. In the US Hurricane sandy served as a tangible reminder of what the world will look like in a world ravaged by climate change.

Hurricane Sandy is a Powerful Reminder for those who Ignore Climate Change
Extreme Weather is Causing More Americans to Accept Climate Change and Call for Government Action
Hurricane Sandy is a "Wake-up Call" for those who Doubt Climate Change (Video)
Meteorologist Discusses Relationship Between Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change (Video)
Hurricane Sandy, Climate Change and the 2012 Election
Globally 2012 is One of the Hottest Years on Record
In the US 2012 is The Hottest Most Extreme Year in Recorded History
US Climate Change Policy: Hurricane Sandy, Drought and Rising Sea Levels (Video) The Staggering Costs of Ignoring Climate Change
Tornadoes and Floods Underscore the Costs of Global Warming
Insurance Company Acknowledges that Extreme Weather is Caused by Climate Change
The World “Connects the Dots” Between Extreme Weather & Climate Change
Bill McKibben on Connect the Dots

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