Author page: Elizabeth Jackson

El Niño is coming into the 2024 season like a wrecking ball. 

Snow covered ski lift chairs

What is going on here?  Snowfall in North America has been dismal this year with ski resorts across the U.S. and Canada experiencing continued warm weather, dry spells, and odd rain patterns – resulting in horrendous conditions for those who enjoy winter sports or were hoping for a white Christmas.  What does this mean?  The lack of winter weather isn’t just impacting…

Investment in Climate Solutions hits a Bump in the Road in the United States

double arrow road sign on yellow background with nature.

What is going on here?  The US renewable energy sector is struggling to grow as much as hoped in the aftermath of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) – President Biden’s landmark bill to increase growth in clean energy for the United States.  What does this mean?  Earlier this month, Ørsted – the world’s largest offshore wind developer – scrapped two projects in…

Oil Majors Face Investor Backlash at Annual General Meetings

Board room with the words 'do good things' on a wall

What’s Going on Here?  This year, ‘Big Oil’ companies are facing investor backlash as demand increases for them to  align with the goals laid down by the Paris Agreement, and limit global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to 1.5 degrees Celsius.   What Does this Mean?  Every year, public companies hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM). This is when a company’s board of directors…

The Fight About ESG Investing in the United States – and Where the Republicans Get it Wrong

Green piggy bank with calculator

Responsible Investing – or investing with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations – is well past its trendy phase and is settling in as a financial norm. According to a 2021 study by Ernst & Young, the vast majority (90%) of global institutional investors consider ESG issues in their investment process. Yet despite global integration, ESG investing has become a political battlefield…

The Water War of the West

Colorado River Canyon aerial photo

What’s Going on Here?  Seven American states face a showdown over water rights relating to the Colorado River. The river is one of the main sources providing water to the Southwest United States. The river is a vital source of water for seven states, supporting over 40 million people.  However, a twenty-year drought, shrinking water supply, combined with rising demand as populations…

Green Tourism Coming in Hot

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Tourism is an important industry with demonstrated impacts – from the economic benefits brought to destination communities to the enjoyment of the tourists themselves. However, tourists bring with them an environmental cost to both the places they visit, and the planet overall. We’ve explored that cost previously as well as discussed how the consumer can change to be more climate conscious. This…

The United States will Provide Millions in Funding to Native American Lands Threatened by Climate Change

River and Mountains in Alaska, USA.

What’s Going on Here?  The Biden Administration announced last Wednesday (Nov 30th) that it would provide USD $135 million (£110m) to Native American tribes facing imminent threats from climate change. The funding represents one of the largest efforts by the United States to relocate communities due to the physical impacts from global warming.  What Does This Mean? The funds are being provided…