BlackRock Investments: ‘Coal is Dead’

An executive at BlackRock recently said in an interview that “coal is dead,” with the future for conventional fuels such as oil also facing a cloudy future.

There Are Climate Change Refugees in the U.S. Right Now

The time for those climate change relocations we’ve speculated about is here, folks. Three communities on opposite ends of the country explore how to weather the expensive challenges of being “climate change refugees.” And interestingly, each has a different challenge and a different answer to the problem.

What You Need to Know About New ESG Fund Ratings

Last year MSCI and Morningstar introduced environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings for mutual and exchange-traded funds. Both firms rate about 20,000 funds and ETFs. Janet Brown of FundX Investment Group breaks down the need-to-know.

SPECIAL SERIES: Building Healthier Communities

Microgrants Make Big Impacts for Local Communities

Grant-making programs let companies and foundations reach out to their communities and make a difference. But creating a resilient grant program takes work. We asked Aaron Dorfman, CEO and president of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, about the key points that potential grant-makers should know before launching their program.

Proposed Bill in Congress Would Silence Activist Investors

A new bill in Congress would all but eliminate the shareholder proposal, a favorite tactic of activist shareholders. The proposals can push companies to change their business practices related to human rights, the environment, executive pay and lobbying.