Climate Change: What Does It Mean for Investors?

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Climate change has become such a significant phenomenon that many businesses are starting to implement strategies to deal with it. Some -- like Honda -- learned the hard way after major losses. But now, even Wal-Mart is taking steps to "green" its supply chain. Major corporations are taking measures that may be motivated by the bottom line but that also benefit the environment. With a new technology that companies like BP are championing, even oil wells may have a role to play in carbon capture.

John Vechey of PopCap Games recently joined The Motley Fool for a climate change summit. His first panel guests were Dr. Rachel Cleetus and Dr. Joe Casola. Dr. Cleetus is a climate economist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, where she advocates for effective global warming policies at the state, regional, federal, and international levels. Dr. Casola is program director for science and impacts at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, or C2ES, which works to assess the current state of knowledge regarding climate change and its impacts, and to promote actions that strengthen climate resilience. Both of them had fascinating things to say about this topic.

While it's great that Wal-Mart is taking steps to deal with climate change, the company still has plenty of problems. To learn about two retailers with especially good prospects, take a look at The Motley Fool's special free report: "The Death of Wal-Mart: The Real Cash Kings Changing the Face of Retail." In it, you'll see how these two cash kings are able to consistently outperform and how they're planning to ride the waves of retail's changing tide. You can access it by clicking here.

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Fool contributor Sara Murphy has no position in any stocks mentioned. Follow her on Twitter @SMurphSmiles. The Motley Fool recommends Intel. The Motley Fool owns shares of Intel and International Business Machines. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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