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Water Risk Could Sink Investors

Financial analysts need tools to make better decisions about investments that depend on water.

As the world observes Water Day this year, a new and rather unlikely group is starting to pay more attention to issues of water risk and water quality: financial analysts. They must take into account a myriad number of factors when making decisions, adding up tiny details to look for hints of future performance. But something as basic as water can also have a huge impact on companies’ performance, and even today, water risk is missing from many investors’ calculations.

Betting on Water

A new project will help identify and measure the water-related risks facing companies and their investors, and lead to better environmental decisions.

Water scarcity, water pollution and water competition are various risks that could significantly harm a company’s operations. Even so, they are often overlooked by investors, financial analysts and businesses. Piet Klop, Senior Fellow in WRI’s Markets and Enterprise program, answers questions about why water matters to companies.

An Emerging Revolution

Clean Technology Research, Development and Innovation in China

This working paper examines efforts made by China---the world’s largest gross emitter of greenhouse gases---to create an enabling environment for R&D and innovation in the field of clean technology.

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