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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.

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Adding Environmental Risk to the Financial Equation

Despite projections, many financial analysts ignore the risks and opportunities associated with environmental trends. ENVEST seeks to change this.

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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.

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Protecting Waterways from a Deadly Problem

Nutrient pollution emerges as one of the greatest threats to water quality.

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Fact Sheet: How Nutrient Trading Can Help Restore the Chesapeake Bay

A new Fact Sheet on nutrient trading in the Chesapeake Bay region covers issues such as potential costs and revenues, and how farmers and other stakeholders can benefit.

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Fact Sheet: Stacking Payments for Ecosystem Services

Payments for ecosystem services are becoming an increasingly important part of the U.S. business and regulatory landscape. As programs that provide payments for ecosystem services grow, policy makers will need to determine how these various payments should interact with each other.

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