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5 things you should know about becoming “fossil free” with your money

If you are wondering whether your stock market investments are financing fossil fuels, maybe the time has come to understand why many organisations are disinvesting from this sector and why “fossil free” indexes are springing up. The latest example comes

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Coal investment is the most urgent climate threat

Secretary-general of the Oecd, Angel Gurría, last July says wealthy countries should help poorer nations that cannot afford to replace coal with low-carbon alternatives. The future of coal has come under scrutiny from a perhaps unlikely source – the head

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What is fossil fuel divestment and why does it matter?

Climate change can be tackled using a very simple idea – divestment. It means taking your money away from companies involved in extracting fossil fuels. Here, Guardian journalist and US author Bill McKibben explains where the idea came from; why

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For oil producers cash is king, and that’s why they just can’t stop drilling

Investors sent a surprising message to U.S. shale producers as crude fell almost 20 percent in August: keep calm and drill on. While most oil stocks have fallen sharply last month, the least affected by the slump share one thing

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Hawaii’s governor dumps oil and gas in favor of 100 percent renewables

At the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit held in Honolulu, Hawaii, Governor David Ige dropped a bombshell. His administration will not use natural gas to replace the state’s petroleum-fueled electricity plants, but will make a full-court press toward 100 percent

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Pope’s climate push at odds with U.S. Catholic oil investments

Pope Francis heartened environmentalists around the world in June when he urged immediate action to save the planet from the effects of climate change, declaring that the use of “highly polluting fossil fuels needs to be progressively replaced without delay.”

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The success of Europe’s investment in renewable energy

Europe has spearheaded the drive to change from a system of power stations burning fossil fuels to one in which a significant proportion of electricy comes from non-polluting sources. Chart the spending on renewables in Europe and the bloc’s emissions,

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The cost of inaction. Recognising the value at risk from climate change

The findings in “The cost of inaction” – a 2015 report written by The Economist Intelligent Unit – indicate that climate change is likely to represent an obstacle for many asset owners and managers to fulfil their fiduciary duties. The

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Three years ago this coal mine was worth $624 million. Now it sold for $1

The destructive force of a collapse in world coal prices has been underscored by the sale of a mine valued at A$860 million ($631 million) three years ago for just a dollar. Brazilian miner Vale SA and Japan’s Sumitomo Corp.

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Concrete ways to boost finance for sustainable energy

Innovative financial mechanisms in four key areas have the potential to boost crucial investment in sustainable energy by some $120 billion a year in the near term, an expert report from the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative shows. Investment

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