Companies have been caught off guard by campaigns to divest from fossil fuels.
Most businesses construct climate risk solely through the lens of profitability and market opportunity.
Companies are weighing up whether investment in a coal mine is worth the risk.
Risk management for climate change is starting to impact our day-to-day lives.
Grassroots protest is driving the divestment campaign.
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The pressure for organisations to divest from fossil fuels is coming from institutions with relatively little financial clout. But soon the richest and most powerful will have no choice but to join in.
This week The Guardian published a long-form profile by veteran journalist Gideon Haigh of Dr Bronwyn King. I wrote a column about her last October when her efforts to persuade the Australian superannuation…
A year after Pope Francis called for action to protect the environment, Australian Catholic groups have announced plans to divest from fossil fuels.
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A year ago Pope Francis called for better protection for the environment. Now Catholic institutions look poised for widespread divestment from fossil fuels.
A singular focus on divestment from oil and gas companies to counter climate change could be detrimental.
The broad principle of companies, government bodies and universities divesting from oil, gas and coal companies is sound. But its application needs more sophistication.
Green progress? The ANU needs to dig deeper on divestment.
The Paris climate deal has supposedly sent a signal to the wider world that now is the time to pull out of fossil fuel investments. Universities can set the pace – but they need to do more.
The earth is a finite place.
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The global economy is already unsustainable – let alone if it gets bigger.
Al Gore lays some facts on the COP21 meeting.
With the main UN climate negotiations grinding along elsewhere in the building, Al Gore told a packed side event about his vision for a low-carbon economy.
Strong links to the mining sector have put universities in a difficult position.
There are ‘fossil free’ campaigns at 15 Australian universities, but yet no university has fully committed to divesting in fossil fuels.
Loosening their grip. Will markets exit oil like they edged away from tobacco?
Efforts to break our financial addiction to the energy sector might find useful lessons in the slow decline of tobacco.
MIT has angered fossil fuel divestment proponents, but its strategy of industry engagement is ultimately more effective.
Good for humanity?
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Australia's biggest banks seem more concerned with disclosing how much paper they recycle than their lending exposure to coal mines.
While the Newcastle council decision may not trigger divestment from fossil fuels, it is a chance for the port to consider its future direction.
Amid jeers of hypocrisy and cheers of climate leadership, what can we really say about this policy move in one of New South Wales' historic coal towns?
Divestment campaigns are gaining momentum around the world.
There are increasingly very sound financial reasons for super funds to strategically divest from some areas.
Sanctions intended to be biting have more often been toothless and about giving supporters the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from taking a principled stand.
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Sanctions have a terrible track record of success because they’re usually too weak to work and too easy to get around.
Another way to change the carbon balance: trees.
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Divestment campaigns aim to halt the use of fossil fuels, but the climate can be also stabilized through ‘recarbonization’ techniques, such as reforestation and changing agricultural practices.
Well meaning, but possibly unhelpful.
Selling shares in polluting energy companies just leaves these firms in the hands of less concerned owners.
Is Bill Gates’ desire to help tackle the world’s problems compatible with his foundation’s huge fossil fuel investments?
The Gates Foundation is being urged to dump its sizeable fossil fuel assets. Bill Gates cares deeply about world health and development, both of which are affected by climate, but will his charity divest?
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been urged to join the fossil fuel divestment movement.
The Guardian's divestment campaign is targeting charitable research trusts. John Quiggin says they have a moral duty to divest fossil fuels, regardless of the temptation to research technological climate fixes.