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Investors who care about the environment are better off holding shares in and exercising their influence over fossil fuel companies.
BlackRock matters because it is big. Its decision raises questions about the soundness of smaller firms that remain committed to coal.
In time Australia's AAA credit rating will be at risk.
Divestment rally at Harvard University, April 17, 2015.
Many students and professors at US colleges and universities want their schools to divest holdings in fossil fuel companies, but it's a hard sell for school administrators.
European Commission vice-presidents Valdis Dombrovskis and Jyrki Katainen present new EC initiatives on sustainable finance in 2018.
Once a niche market, sustainable finance is now expanding and accelerating, yet too few universities have committed their finance programmes to these issues. The time has come for change.
Suncor’s plant in the oilsands in Fort McMurray Alta. Divesting in fossil fuels can not only help combat climate change, but can also increase investors’ returns, according to a new analysis.
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A recent study suggests that divesting in fossil fuels not only allows investors to address their climate change concerns, it also reduces financial risks and increases financial returns.
Research found that media largely frame debate about oil and gas developments in New Zealand around how drilling should take place, rather than whether it should happen at all.
Researchers find that mainstream media in New Zealand tend to present fossil fuel development as positive for the economy, while framing opponents as irrational and extremist.
A protest against fossil fuels at a coal mine in 2016.
An analysis of media coverage provides lessons for how to move the climate debate forward and other highly polarized issues.
A polar bear walks over sea ice floating in the Victoria Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in July 2017. Research suggests that divesting in fossil fuels could help nations meet their climate change goals.
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Fossil fuel divestment apparently works. Research suggests announcements of divestments have a significant impact on the fossil fuel industry's share prices.
The Rhodes Must Fall movement accused the University of Cape Town of having blood on its hands for investing in the mining company Lonmin.
Universities have the power to transform society not just through how they operate their campuses, but also through how they invest their endowments and pensions funds.
Spanish activists protest against retailers using factories in a building in Bangladesh which collapsed, killing more than 600 people.
"Shaming campaigns" have been successful in attracting attention to transnational issues like inhumane working conditions and environmental degradation. But shaming guilty corporations is only the first step.
Protesters hold up signs during a march and rally against Donald Trump in Los Angeles, California.
A grassroots opposition movement against the Donald Trump presidency is growing. The question is can it be harnessed into globalised sanctions campaign?
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.