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How can you make money from this whole global warming thing? I mentioned back in January that I was investing in a water resources portfolio (PHO) under the theory that water would be the next bubble. So far I'm up 9%, but the market is up in general, so that's no big deal. Global warming is predicted to cause massive droughts in some places, so this seems like a good hedge.

But it got me thinking that there must be a way for believers in global warming to profit at the expense of skeptics, assuming the believers are right. For investment purposes it doesn't matter what is causing global warming. All that matters is that it is happening and apparently already unstoppable according to a growing consensus of scientists.

The obvious stock plays have already been run up. If you invest now in solar, wind, and other green energy players, you might be getting in late. And some other better technology could overtake them. I'm looking for an investment that doesn't involve green technology.

For example, I already play soccer and tennis at indoor facilities. If there was a stock you could buy in some company that was building indoor sports clubs that would be a good play. You'll need them when it gets hotter.

Food supplies will be disrupted in some places and maybe improved in others. If you could find a way to invest in an agribusiness that has its operations in places likely to have improved growing conditions with global warming that might be a play.

Maybe real estate is the way to go, but it's harder to diversify. The idea is to find places that have just okay weather now that will have terrific weather later. That seems too risky. Real estate is influenced by too many other factors.

The best investment hedge might be as simple as a portfolio of sunscreen manufacturers.

What are your global warming investment ideas? And resist the urge to say, "beachfront property in Idaho."
 
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Jul 10, 2009
Most investments have a short term horizon, days or weeks, maybe a very few years. In contrast, global warming will accelerate over the next century. The most extreme effects (such as the melting of much of Antarctica) won't occur until the 22nd century. Greenland mostly goes toward the end of this century, along with the Arctic. Things get even more complex as the Gulf Stream stops with the stoppage of the cold Arctic water. That means we can have both a hot planet and a very cold northern Europe. In summary, invest for your grandchildren's benefit, not your own.
 
 
May 27, 2009
Climate in the UK looks set to improve in a big way: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4091068.stm
So, vineyards, then? English wine is going up...
 
 
May 10, 2009
global warming is a political tool.

it doesn't matter if it's real or not, the winds of change have spoken, and that is the direction society is heading.

investing in green technologies will be rewarded with obama in charge, and many americans 'buying in' to the environnazism.

taking care of the planet is nice, but we already know its temperature fluctuates between ice age and hotter than we are now. assuming we are the cause is premature. the carbon released from california wildfires is probably many times the emissions of man for a decade.

the earth is very large, and has cycles. it has systems in place that create stability. the stability of earth is not accidental and random. the earth has self reinforcing processes that create and maintain minor fluctuations.
 
 
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May 8, 2009
taxes wont stop sh!t - they will only be passed on to end consumers who will be REALLY P!SSED by the end of 2009 going into 2010 election when they finally take effect

in finance/economics every action has a reaction

co2 is now a polutant - whats next oxygen? maybe water?
 
 
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May 8, 2009
general electric - cap and trade equipment for utilities and other big coal users - very big
 
 
May 7, 2009
You can make money off all the people who firmly believe in these sketchy opinions, I mean you don't know the scientists who said global warming exists, couldn't they have paid scientists so that people would firmly believe in global warming? You can now sell more of whatever you make by putting a big label on it that says ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE! and you wouln't even need to change your formula because it was eco freindly to start with! or you already had an eco freindly substance ready because you planned the whole thing! or maybe a group of people with different products decided they would put their money together and buy off a bunch of scientists for this purpose, the list goes on and on

what I'm basicly saying is that you can't trust these sketchy terms millions of people have the motive and resources to fake results

Oh and a really big clue to the whole falsity of the claim is that were not even close to having the ability to track or predict the world's weather! so how can they possibly discover "weather" (couldn't resist the pun!) the earthis warming or cooling?
 
 
May 7, 2009
OH wait You can make money off all the people who firmly believe in these sketchy opinions, I mean you don't know the scientists who said global warming exists, couldn't they have paid scientists so that people would firmly believe in global warming? You can now sell more of whatever you make by putting a big label on it that says ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE! and you wouln't even need to change your formula because it was eco freindly to start with! or you already had an eco freindly substance ready because you planned the whole thing! or maybe a group of people with different products decided they would put their money together and buy off a bunch of scientists for this purpose, the list goes on and on

what I'm basicly saying is that you can't trust these sketchy terms millions of people have the motive and resources to fake results

Oh and a really big clue to the whole falsity of the claim is that were not even close to having the ability to track or predict the world's weather! so how can they possibly discover "weather" (couldn't resist the pun!) the earthis warming or cooling?
 
 
May 7, 2009
OH wait You can make money off all the people who firmly believe in these sketchy opinions, I mean you don't know the scientists who said global warming exists, couldn't they have paid scientists so that people would firmly believe in global warming? You can now sell more of whatever you make by putting a big label on it that says ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE! and you wouln't even need to change your formula because it was eco freindly to start with! or you already had an eco freindly substance ready because you planned the whole thing! or maybe a group of people with different products decided they would put their money together and buy off a bunch of scientists for this purpose, the list goes on and on

what I'm basicly saying is that you can't trust these sketchy terms millions of people have the motive and resources to fake results

Oh and a really big clue to the whole falsity of the claim is that were not even close to having the ability to track or predict the world's weather! so how can they possibly discover "weather" (couldn't resist the pun!) the earthis warming or cooling?
 
 
May 7, 2009
Global warming is not something you can make money off of. it might not even exist! predictions about weather are not always sound and you have to be sure someone isn't buying the results, yes BUYING results scientists are susceptable to bribes and suffer from bias some would fudge the results because of their beliefs.
 
 
May 7, 2009

COMPUTERS no matter what happens computers are going up. have you heard of Moores law? Computers double in advancement every two years. that means that computers get twice as small twice as powerful the great things about computers will keep getting better. Moores law has never been broken not even when they couldn't cut silicon any thinner for use on computer chips! and besides whether the earth is growing warmer or cooler computers will stay solid because people are addicted to them.
Don't believe me try this ask any of your freinds who just got a GPS how they got around without it. I have noticed that most people get around fine without a GPS but after they get one they need it to get around.
look around the clues are everywhere The future will run on computers.
 
 
May 7, 2009
It is certain that there will be more problems associated with mosquitoes - such as malaria, West Nile disease and Dengue fever.
I'd look into pest control, bug spray, sunscreen with insects repellent, aspirin...
 
 
May 6, 2009
Shipping companies - needed to move people from lowlying areas to dry land.
Real estate at really high elevations as the people who thoroughly disbelieve global warming become the most hysterical believers and rush to buy real estate that would never be swamped even in Kevin Costner's Waterworld.
Arms dealers as people begin to fight over dwindling food resources and habitable land, especially parts of Antarctica which may be habitable.
Drug companies (no, not the illegal ones) as microbes we have no resistance find new habitats...in us.
Earth movers, dike builders etc.
To sell...green energy. People 20 years from now will still be trying to use the cheapest form of energy they can and furthermore saying that since global warming has happened anyway, we might as well keep doing the same old same old. The big energy companies will make sure they can still provide the cheapest energy and will stay on top.
Are there any for profit churches you can buy shares in and get a dividend? I bet a lot of people will be doing a lot more praying....
 
 
May 6, 2009
I would have to agree with "rambis"

Invest in companies that build dams and levees, and also, the companies that build the machines to build dams and levees, there will probably be an increased demand for those machines soon.

Oh, and anyplace that is currently below sea level, such as New Orleans, start buying up property now, and submit your plans for an underwater theme park. Not only will you have a jump on any competition, but the building costs will be lower because you are building before it is full of water.

Just in case however, you may want to invest in a snowblower, just in case the mini ice age plan is a go.
 
 
May 6, 2009
@arbyisme - this is a great investment. It always amazes me how people cannot seen the bleedin' obvious. If I mention that you can easily get a 10% discount on your fuel (gas) bills, they ask how - don't drive like an idiot. Always in a mad rush to get to the back of the next queue of cars.

My wealthier friends are always desperate to know how I can save them 60% on their fuel (gas) bills. When I say drive a MPV @ 50mpg instead of your StupidUrbanVehicle @15mpg, they're suddenly not interested. Yet these same people queue round the block to get a bargain in a sale.

So my suggestion for investments that'll give you a better long term return than Wall Street - buy stuff that lowers your consumption of finite resources - as they get scarcer, you make more on your investment.
 
 
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May 5, 2009
Re: people who say global warming is a scam/natural phenomenon/mass hysteria/whatever: [citation needed].
Also, come on, the article says right there in the second sentence: "assuming the believers are right". Think of it as a thought exercise.

Scott, the wikipedia article on Global warming provides this handy graphic: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ad/Global_Warming_Predictions_Map.jpg
Obviously you'd want to verify with a reputable source before using it as a source of financial advice, but it would seem to suggest that a company making air conditioning units in South America would be a good a bet. Also, as my understanding is that this particular environment will be hotter than anything currently found naturally, a company trying to bioengineer plants to thrive in hot whether would probably be good.

And, for that matter, beachfront houses in Greenland. Or just Greenland companies in general.
 
 
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May 5, 2009
If the idea of compensating for CO2 emissions by painting warm climate roofs white works (100 sq. ft. equals one ton), then I'd invest in several cans of white paint. Paint your roof.
 
 
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May 5, 2009
Just read "Forecast" by Stephen Faris: Growth prospects among the Oregon and BC vineyards. The smart money (OMNItrax) bought Churchill Falls, Manitoba, in 1997. Paid $11m for the tracks and got the port for $7.00 and a promise to upgrade.
 
 
May 5, 2009
It's interesting how the majority of you claim the H1N1 is mostly media fearmongering but than go on to believe the "Global Warming Crisis".

An apocalypse, really? Very interesting given the Earth's climate has always been varying in history. That statement is NOT debatable if one believes the ice age actually took place. This new climate trend may be coming from an Ice Age.

Remember when we were all kids and these so called "experts" postulated that we were entering a mini-ice age?

The rest of my post can be pretty much summed up in what Phantom I said.

In conclusion, is it just me, Scott, or you not as much of a skeptic as you claim to be? You have definatly succumbed to the past several media fearmongering hysteria.

Burttrub out
 
 
May 5, 2009
you could short sell fossil-fuel based companies like exxon-mobile, which are doing great right now but which might face steep taxes if the government decides to take serious action against globar warming by taxing carbon emissions.
 
 
May 5, 2009
Biofuel Squeezed From Algae Could Be New Cash Crop:
http://www.courant.com/business/hc-algae-biofuel.artmay05,0,6328523.story
 
 
 
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