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Dear EarthTalk: Are climate change and other environmental issues affecting or informing mainstream (Wall Street) investment strategies, or is sustainability-oriented investing still just a do-gooder niche? — Mary S. New York, New York

It wasn’t long ago that so-called “triple bottom line” investing — factoring in not just financial returns but also social and environmental impacts — was purely the domain of a small set of outliers willing to forego profits for the sake of proving that investing could be used as a tool to drive change. Just two decades ago, the only real way to have an eco-friendly investment portfolio would be to put your money with one of a handful of mutual funds focused on “Socially Responsible Investing” (SRI) — or research and invest in often speculative individual “green” companies directly.

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