Major investor groups expand climate change target list

first_imgMajor investor groups expand climate change target list FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A large group of global investors and asset managers have added 61 companies to the list of corporations they will push to take more action on climate change issues.When Climate Action 100+, which is backed by 289 investors with nearly $30 trillion in assets under management, launched in December 2017 it targeted the 100 energy and transportation companies that are among the largest greenhouse gas emitters in the world.The expanded list of companies represents both carbon intensive ones and those “with significant opportunities to accelerate the transition directly at the regional and global level and help achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement” of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels, Stephanie Maier, Director of Responsible Investment, HSBC Global Asset Management Ltd., a unit of HSBC Holdings PLC, said in a statement.The five-year engagement initiative aims to convince companies to implement a strong framework for board oversight and accountability on climate change, reduce emissions, and disclose climate risks and plans consistent with the June 2017 recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, or TCFD. The voluntary guidelines were intended to create an internationally consistent way for companies to assess and publicly disclose potential financial risks associated with climate change.Climate Action 100+ was among a number of movements involving state and local officials, businesses and investors in the U.S. who committed to advancing the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change after President Donald Trump in 2017 pledged to withdraw the nation from the deal. Climate Action 100+ is organized by five partner organizations: Ceres, Asia Investor Group on Climate Change, Investor Group on Climate Change, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change and Principles for Responsible Investment.More: Investors with $30 trillion to press 61 more companies on climate targetslast_img read more

Boil Water Advisory For Aurora, Dillsboro, Hogan Twp. Residents

first_imgAURORA –A boil water advisory has been issued Friday for customers of Aurora, Dillsboro and Hogan Township utilities.Aurora Utilities supervisor Randy Turner says one of three wells tested positive for E. Coli.“We are not using that well, but we have to make the advisory,” Turner said. “We are still taking samples in our distribution system that are bacteria free, but we are having a problem with this well, and not going to use until we get cleaned up.”The boil water advisory is in effect until further notice. Turner estimates it could last through next Thursday.Officials ask residents to boil water at least one minute before it is consumed.last_img read more

Anna Shkudun rides improved serve to No. 42 ranking

first_img Related Stories Anna Shkudun and Syracuse take down St. John’s to improve to 6-0Anna Shkudun adjusts to college game and leadership position as 1st-year grad student Not much was working for Anna Shkudun on Sunday afternoon. Virginia’s Danielle Collins caught Shkudun off guard with a drop shot after a series of hard hits in the first set — one Shkudun would eventually lose, 6-1.But down 3-1 in the second set, Shkudun brushed her hair back and uncorked a vicious serve that whistled by Collins, the No. 3 singles player in the country, who looked at the line judge in disbelief. Two games later, still down, Shkudun powered a perfectly placed serve that tied Collins up like an inside fastball sawing off a hitter’s bat.Twice, a Shkudun serve ricocheted off Collins’ handle, shooting straight up to the ceiling of Drumlins Country Club. Each time, Collins threw her hands to her side in frustration as the ball came down from its launch. Although Collins cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory, Shkudun dominated one part of the game: her serve.“I would have to say (the serve) is one of my favorite shots,” Shkudun said. “The final result of the match depends on how I serve. If I feel confident with it, I’m pretty sure that I will play the match good, lots of aces.”In her first year at SU, Shkudun, a graduate student, has made minor tweaks to her power shot that have led her to a No. 42 singles player ranking and 6-2 singles record. Her play, especially her serve, has helped Syracuse (7-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) to its highest ever ranking by the International Tennis Federation — No. 33, nationally.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShkudun can deliver hard serves, but also expertly place them. She can hit it wide, leaving her opponent no option other than to stretch toward the ball. She can aim to the body and handcuff her opponent. She can serve down the middle of the court and eliminate her opponent’s angles.“It’s really nice to be able to practice against her because you know once you get into a match,” sophomore Nicole Mitchell said, “you’re not going to have anyone who’s going to be able to serve that well.”Of SU’s eight matches, seven have been played indoors, where the conditions are faster than those outside, which Shkudun said people have told her adds 3-5 miles per hour to her serves.Yet, Shkudun has “no idea” how fast she can serve. She’s never had it clocked and nobody’s ever told her the speed of it. Head coach Younes Limam estimates it tops out at over 90 mph.When Shkudun arrived at SU, she worked with the coaches to make subtle tweaks to her power shot. She’s jumping higher at the start of her serve, which has allowed her to connect her racket with the ball a couple of inches higher, and tossing the ball a couple of inches out in front of her. Both have added power and velocity to her serve.“Her serve has been there for her the whole time,” Limam said. “It’s just a matter of trusting it more and really using it as a weapon.”Until two years ago, Shkudun was constantly toying with her serve. It’s always been powerful, she said, but never consistent. She worked with several coaches in the Ukraine, her home country, but each coach would say something different than the other and advise her to make adjustments. One told her to change her body movement. A second adjusted her leg positioning. Another the height of her toss.“My serve was unstable, you know?” she said, “because all the time you have to change the movement, it’s not good.”Two years ago, while playing tournaments in the Ukraine, Shkudun found what meshed for her. Despite the adjustments she’s made this season, Shkudun has largely stuck to it and is reaping the benefits. Comments Published on February 25, 2016 at 12:03 am Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fairbanks strides closer to F35 answer

first_imgAn F-35 flies over Florida (U.S. Air Force photo)Download audioThe Air Force plan to station two squadrons of F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base cleared a milestone Thursday with the publication of the final environmental impact statement. The 1,000-page report says the basing decision would not significantly harm the air quality of the Fairbanks North Star Borough.  The report also says no harm to wildlife is expected, other than an increase of about 14 bird strikes per year.Fairbanks business leaders have been promoting Eielson as the best place for the F-35s. Among them is Jim Dodson, president of Fairbanks Economic Development Corp. Dodson said this afternoon he looked forward to reading the report and didn’t expect it would contain any barriers to bringing the squadrons to Fairbanks.“We’re excited about it,” he said. “The community is prepared to do what it needs to do to make that happen.”Sen. Lisa Murkowski calls the report “an important step” and says she expected a final decision to come in about a month.The report does say average noise levels would increase for about 73 households in the Moose Creek area, north and west of the base. The probability of being awoken by noise would increase slightly. Sonic booms, though, can travel outside the normal noise path. Delta Junction is projected to feel two more booms per month in the busy season.Dodson says he believes the noise won’t be a problem.“We’re a military town, and 30 percent of the employment in Fairbanks is military, and 38 percent of our payroll is military,” he said.  “As I often heard out in the public, ‘I didn’t know that was noise, I thought it was the sound of freedom.’”The impact report says the move would inject more than $450 million dollars into the economy during the three-year construction phase. After that, the economic benefit is estimated at $250 million a year.  The two squadrons would add more than 1,000 military personnel, nearly 500 civilian workers, and about 1,200 family members.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan says the 48 fighters, combined with the F-22’s at Elmendorf, would show Alaska is becoming a hub of combat airpower.The F-35 is the most expensive weapons program in Pentagon history. The latest budget proposal would slow the pace of acquisition, but Air Force officials say it will not affect the basing timetable.last_img read more