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Projects to adapt to climate change have come a long way since the 1960s when piles of cars were used to fight beach erosion. Griffith University

Australian investors want bankable projects that help us adapt to climate change

To pay for the increasing costs of climate change Australia should have green bonds that finance projects that help us adapt. However research shows there are barriers to financing these bonds.
Just like the characters of The Big Short, its time to pick up the warning signs of a global financial crisis. Paramount Pictures

Shadow banking increases the risk of another global financial crisis

The financial products offered by the shadow banking sector allow investors to be further removed from their investments and banks to escape regulation, increasing the risk in the sector overall.
Investors need to know if there is impairment of assets, but research shows firms don’t always disclose all the information they should about this. Dean Lewins/AAP

Companies may be misleading investors by not openly assessing the true value of assets

Managers of well-known Australian companies are misleading investors by taking years to recognise asset impairments and not disclosing that information in financial reporting.
Airlines have saved energy by changing flight routes and modifying wings for better fuel use. Plane image from www.shutterstock.com

Reducing energy use is a big winner for business and the climate

Companies could improve their profits 2-10% each year by saving energy, according to a world-first attempt to assess energy performance.
The proposed changes to the Corporations Act might protect investors in crowd funding but it limits the types of businesses that can use these platforms. From www.shutterstock.com

Crowd-sourced funding: Australia needs to learn from Italy’s mistakes

The Italian government tried to limit the type of companies that could use crowd-sourced funding with poor results, Australia can learn from this.

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