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Wine and Warming…an Interesting Business Model

water consumptionAs the climate continues to change, and places that were wet become dry and places that were cool become warm, it is commonly accepted by any literate person that agricultural practices will need to change. At least one winery has recognized these changes and has made significant progress in reducing water consumption, using renewable energy and the best of all in my mind, re-instituting agricultural practices from times gone by that both replenish the soil and conserve water.

As noted in the Times, the Kendall-Jackson Winery in California has recognized that climate change is a threat to their livelihood and made changes in their agricultural practices to combat this treat. What impressed me most of all is the simplest of changes…moves to reduce water consumption and the use of compost to improve the soil.

This winery offers a good model on how to maintain a business in stressful times. Kudos…and Congratulations on forward thinking.

Those who fail to adapt are doomed to perish…

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Falcons, Drones, Data: A Winery Battles Climate Change
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Investors May be Able to Fend Off Government Actions under the President Elect

Sometimes government is not able to undo the future. At least that is the hope that I find in the attached articles about investing and the environment.

governmentNotwithstanding the fact that it appears our environmental laws will be under the greatest assault since Reagan was President, I am hopeful that the tide has already turned and ESG (Environmental Social and Corporate Governance) investing is creating a market where the dinosaurs coming into government are already on the road to extinction.

What is most interesting is the large number of countries that are pushing this issue…especially on climate change, and more recently and importantly, the number of companies being evaluated against the ESG standard by third party organizations such as MSCI. An even more hopeful indicator is the performance of the funds and stocks that are being evaluated.

So, as we enter a new year, I am hopeful that the dinosaurs will continue on their path to extinction and that those of us who are trying to effect change will be able to do so using the market forces that seem to be in motion.

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Investors Sharpen Focus on Social and Environmental Risks to Stocks
Tell Investors of Climate Risks, Energy Sector Is Urged
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Considering Climate Change in a Real Estate Purchase

Ron Lieber recently wrote a very good article on what to look for in buying real estate and considering climate change when you do so. First, let me say that whether climate change is anthropogenic or not is not the point. The point is that if you are going to invest near a coastal area, you need to avoid “delusional thinking”.

climate change coastal flooding

He correctly points out that homeowners insurance usually does not cover flooding and that flood insurance is going to simply become more expensive in the future. It is also important to note that flood maps are based on PAST EVENTS…and we are already seeing that they are generally inadequate.

Caveat Emptor holds for buying houses in general…but in coastal or flood prone areas, you really need to watch what you are doing…

As a side note..and in a crass commercial pitch…if you are really worried about long term flooding, I am selling 18 acres of land that is over 600 feet above sea level in Sussex County…so if you buy that land, you are as safe as I can think you would be…

Enjoy!

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You’re Buying a Home. Have You Considered Climate Change?
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Climate and Coastal Real Estate…Not Perfect Together

What a view may take a back seat to how safe is the house going to be if it is near the water. That is the basis of a recent article on how market forces are effecting there real estate market in coastal areas. Yes, we all like to be near the water. Yes, those that can afford to will probably always build near the water.

Coastal Real Estate

The most interesting aspect of this article is the fact that the free market is moving faster than our elected officials in changing how property near the cost is viewed. Specifically, that water front property may be the next dot-com bubble.

In some cases real estate deals are falling through due to high flood insurance premiums. This makes sense and those premiums probably need to go even higher.

The end result is that market forces are recognizing that we cannot control coastal flooding with man made systems. Just as in war, we tend to build for the last event, not the next event.

Who will lose? Everyone and mostly those that think that investments near water are a good bet…However, and to be sure, the banks and developers will be living on higher ground with the unwitting buyers money.

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Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coastal Real Estate
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