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Swiss Re No Longer Offers Re/Insurance to Firms with More Than 30% Coal Exposure
July 9, 2018 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Insurance Journal)  Swiss Re announced it no longer is providing re/insurance to businesses with more than 30 percent exposure to thermal coal across all lines of business.
The thermal coal policy applies to both existing and new …

DNC Quietly Adopts Ban On Fossil Fuel Company Donations
June 13, 2018 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Alexander C. Kaufman (Huffington Post)  The Democratic National Committee voted over the weekend to ban donations from fossil fuel companies, HuffPost has learned.

The resolution ― proposed by Christine Pelosi, a party activist and House …

Investors Stunned over Oil Producer’s Climate-Change Exemption
April 4, 2018 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Axios)  …  Trillium proposed a resolution calling on EOG to set a target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. EOG complained to the SEC in late December that the proposal would micromanage the company, calling it a …

Bill de Blasio: This Is Why New York Is Suing and Divesting from Big Oil
January 14, 2018 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Bill de Blasio (New York City Mayor/Washington Post)  … America’s largest city, 8.5 million strong, is taking decisive action on two separate fronts. We are demanding compensation from those who profit from climate change. And …

Governor Cuomo Unveils 9th Proposal of 2018 State of the State: Calling on the NYS Common Fund to Cease All New Investments in Entities with Significant Fossil Fuel-Related Activities and Develop a De-Carbonization Plan for Divesting from Fossil Fuel
December 20, 2017 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Office of the Governor of New York State)  New York’s Common Fund, the Third Largest in the Nation, Manages Over $200 Billion in Retirement Assets for More than One Million New Yorkers; Will Partner with Comptroller Tom …

World’s Biggest 100 Polluting Companies Put on Notice by Investors to Tackle Climate Change
December 20, 2017 – 9:13 am | No Comment

by Nicole Hasham (Sydney Morning Herald)  Shareholders have turned up the heat on the world’s 100 biggest polluting companies including Australian firms BHP Billiton, Wesfarmers and Rio Tinto, in the first coordinated global effort by investors to …

Catholic Church to Make Record Divestment from Fossil Fuels
October 9, 2017 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Arthur Neslen (The Guardian)  More than 40 Catholic institutions will make largest ever faith-based divestment, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi  —  The sum involved has not been disclosed but the volume …

Vanguard Urges Companies to Disclose Climate Change Impact
August 15, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(The Washington Post)  Vanguard pushes focus on climate change  —  Vanguard Group on Monday said it has urged companies to disclose how climate change could affect their business and asset valuations, reflecting how the environment …

Divestment Is Shifting the Geopolitics of Fossil Fuels
July 24, 2017 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Penney Kome (  …   Almost everyone is targeting fossil fuel consumption and, by extension, Big Oil. Most of us see the oil business as gas stations, or as mammoth corporations, or as roughnecks wrestling with …

Oil Majors Risk Wasting $2.3 Trillion If Peak Demand Looms
June 26, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Rakteem Katakey  (Bloomberg)  Exxon most exposed oil company, Carbon Tracker report shows
Shell, Chevron, Total, Eni risk wasting up to 40% of spending  —  Oil companies risk wasting $2.3 trillion of investments should demand peak …

Sweden’s Largest Pension Fund Sells Off ExxonMobil & TransCanada Stock
June 19, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Steve Hanley (CleanTechnica)  AP7, Sweden’s largest pension fund, has been at the forefront of the fossil fuel divestment movement for some time. A year ago, it sold off its holdings in 11 coal companies and …

Dail Eireann Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuels
February 6, 2017 – 9:11 pm | No Comment

(Big News Network)  Following a vote in the Dail Eireann, Ireland is set to become the world’s first country to fully divest money from fossil fuels. The historic legislation was passed by members in a 90 …

Fossil Fuel Divestments Now Represent $5.2 Trillion
December 19, 2016 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by  Brian Kahn  (Climate Central)  Investing heavy weights are moving their assets and funds out of fossil fuels at a record pace. A network of local governments, pension funds, faith organizations, philanthropies and wealthy individuals representing …

Environment-Obsessed Berlin Divests Fossil Fuels
June 24, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Chris White (The Daily Caller)  Berlin’s parliament voted Thursday to divest its $852.8 million public pension from oil and gas companies. The decision to purge fossil fuel assets makes Berlin the second capital to divest …

World’s Biggest Banks Are Driving Climate Change, Pumping Billions Into Extreme Fossil Fuels
June 14, 2016 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

(EcoWatch/Rainforest Action Network)  A report released Tuesday by Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack, Sierra Club and Oil Change International provides the first look at bank financing for fossil fuels since the Paris climate agreement, showing that the …

D.C. Public Sector Pension Fund Divests From Fossil Fuels
June 13, 2016 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Kurzius (dcist)  Following a three-year campaign, DC Divest is claiming victory—the D.C. government has sold off its pension fund’s direct investments in coal, oil, and gas companies.
This morning, the group announced that the D.C. …

Fossil Fuels’ Unpopularity Leaves a Mark
June 2, 2016 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder and Erin Ailworth (The Wall Street Journal)   Many major fossil-fuel projects across the U.S., from pipelines to export terminals, have been shelved or significantly delayed because of a confluence of new regulations, …

UMass Becomes First Major Public University to Divest from Direct Fossil Fuel Holdings
May 26, 2016 – 10:28 am | No Comment

(University of Massachusetts Amherst)  The University of Massachusetts today became the first major public university to divest its endowment from direct holdings in fossil fuels. The decision was made by a unanimous vote of the …

Oil Firms Have 10 Years to Change Strategy or Face ‘Short, Brutish End’
May 11, 2016 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Terry Macalister (The Guardian)  Business models employed by multinationals such as Shell and BP are no longer fit for purpose, warns energy expert — … Paul Stephens, a fellow at Chatham House thinktank, said in a …

Oil Majors Worth More Adopting 2˚C Pathway, Independent Stress Test Finds
May 6, 2016 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Carbon Tracker)  The upstream assets of the world’s seven largest privately owned listed oil and gas companies could collectively be worth $100 billion more if they aligned their investment plans with the 2˚C target, a …

Stanford Rejects Student Request to Divest Fossil Fuel Holdings
April 27, 2016 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jenna Lyons (SF Gate)  Stanford University’s board of trustees says it will not fully divest from the fossil fuel industry following a nearly four-year battle with a student organization campaigning against the practice.
The school’s …

Investors with $6 trillion in Assets Back ExxonMobil Climate Change Resolution: UK Church Fund
April 18, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Simon Jessop  (Reuters)  Institutions managing $6 trillion in assets plan to back a call for U.S. oil major ExxonMobil to disclose the impact of climate change policy on its business, one of the organizers …

Trying to Put a Price on Big Oil’s ‘Climate Obstruction’ Efforts
April 11, 2016 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Eric Roston (Bloomberg)  Oil giants and trade groups spend an estimated $115 million per year blocking climate policies — ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, and three oil-industry groups together spend $115 million a year on advocacy designed …

Oil Investors See $7.4 Billion Vanish as Dividends Targeted
March 17, 2016 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Alex Nussbaum and Michael Roschnotti (Bloomberg Business)  Bludgeoned by falling energy prices, at least a dozen oil and natural gas companies have opted to cut dividends this year to preserve cash, cannibalizing payouts considered sacrosanct by …

Is the Climate Changing for Fossil Fuel Investments?
February 24, 2016 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

(Morgan Stanley)  As the world embraces a low-carbon economy, should investors change how they view fossil fuel investments?  —  … Most investors interested in establishing a fossil-fuel aware portfolio can follow a four step roadmap to …

More Than $3.4 Trillion in Assets Vow to Divest From Fossil Fuels
December 7, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Zahara Hirji  (InsideClimate News)  The list of institutions committed to ridding their portfolios of at least some fossil fuel interests has surged in recent months, organizers say.  —  More than 500 institutions representing about …

Low Carbon Corporate Initiative Could Halt 65% of Climate Problem
November 18, 2015 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Business)  Corporations obviously has a big role to play in tackling climate change – so big, in fact, that the collective actions of just 140 companies could get the world 65% of the way toward constraining …

Soapbox: Fossil Fuel Is a Bad Investment
October 29, 2015 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Danny Kennedy and Jeremy Leggett (California Clean Energy Fund/Carbon Tracker Initiative/Sacramento Bee)  …  Since 2013, the world has been adding more renewable electricity capacity than fossil fuel capacity each year.
Meanwhile, the fossil fuel industry …

MIT Rejects Demands to Divest Fossil-Fuel Stocks, Joining Yale
October 22, 2015 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Michael McDonald  (Bloomberg Business)  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology rejected demands from a student-led group to divest its $13.5 billion endowment of fossil-fuel investments, joining universities such as Harvard and Yale.
MIT said in an announcement …

Citigroup, Citing Climate Change, Will Reduce Coal Financing
October 14, 2015 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Alex Nussbaum (Bloomberg)  Pushing transition from `high-carbon to a low-carbon economy’; Becomes third bank this year to reduce coal-mining financing  —   Citigroup Inc., the third-biggest U.S. bank, said it will cut back on financing for coal …

Fossil Fuel Divestment Pledges Surpass $2.6 Trillion
September 23, 2015 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire/Divest/Invest)  Global Divest-Invest Coalition Announces Major Commitments as World Leaders Gather at UN; Thousands of new commitments represent a 50-fold increase in one year
The movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable …

Why Activists Are Pushing a ‘Supply Side’ Strategy for Fighting Climate Change
September 15, 2015 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  Even as President Obama further amplifies his rhetoric about addressing climate change, a coalition of environmental organizations released a letter Monday seeking to push his administration much further still. Not content with …

University of California Sells $200 mln Holdings in Coal, Oil Sands Firms
September 10, 2015 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Rory Carroll (Reuters)  The University of California’s chief investment officer on Wednesday said it has sold off about $200 million of direct holdings in coal and oil sands companies, which he said were no …

Dumping Energy Stocks Might Cost Harvard $100 Million a Year
September 9, 2015 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Simon Constable  (The Street)  Harvard’s $32.7 billion endowment would generate significantly lower returns if climate-change activists convince the university to abandon fossil fuel investments, according to a new study.
Such a strategy might cost the …

Climate Deniers Uncovered
August 3, 2015 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  A paper published by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), “The Climate Deception Dossiers,” reveals decades of corporate misinformation campaigns by the fossil fuel industry. The paper focuses on seven deception …

Fossil Fuel Industry Must ‘Implode’ to Avoid Climate Disaster, Says Top Scientist
July 13, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (The Guardian)  ‘The age of carbon is over’ and a transition to a greener economy is inevitable, says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, adviser to the German government and Pope Francis

Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, an …

College Divestment Pledges Are Mostly Empty Gestures
July 7, 2015 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Michael McDonald (Bloomberg)  Stanford, Oxford and Georgetown universities have won praise for promising to purge their endowments of direct investments in coal, embracing the fight against climate change.  One detail gets lost in the celebration: …

Keystone XL Pipeline Debate: Canadian Oil Sands Crude Produces Greater Emissions Than Conventional Oils, DOE Study Finds
June 29, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Maria Gallucci (International Businesss Times)  … A new study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy found crude extracted from Canada’s oil sands region leads to greenhouse gas emissions that are 20 percent higher on …

How Mankind Blew the Fight against Climate Change
June 8, 2015 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Bill McKibben ( Washington Post)  … Exxon Mobil wouldn’t invest in renewable energy, ( Exxon Mobil CEO Rex) Tillerson said, because clean technologies don’t make enough money and rely on government mandates that were (remarkable choice …

University Of Hawaii Completely Divests From Fossil Fuel Investments
May 29, 2015 – 9:19 am | No Comment

(Clean Technica)  The global fossil fuel divestment campaign continues apace, with the University of Hawaii agreeing to divest from coal, oil, and gas companies, making it the largest university to do so.
The University of Hawaii …

Your Illustrated Guide to the Next World Crisis, Its Energy Roots, the Issues, the Players, the Steps, and Remedies
May 26, 2015 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s guide to the links between terror, petroleum dependence, economic stability, and military build-ups, as nations bear down in pursuit of energy security.
In March 2014, Truman National Security Project …

The Aviation Renewable Fuels Imperative
May 26, 2015 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From remarks by Antonio De Palmas — president, Boeing Italy, at the World Bioenergy Leadership Forum … Aviation is 2% of all 2010 CO2e emissions, expected to grow to 3.5% …

Blog: Two Healthcare Groups Shed Fossil-Fuel Investments
May 18, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Bob Herman (Modern Healthcare)  Health Care Without Harm and one of its ancillary groups, Practice Greenhealth, announced Tuesday they will fully divest fossil-fuel stocks from investment assets, becoming the first U.S. healthcare organizations to …

US Taxpayers Subsidising World’s Biggest Fossil Fuel Companies
May 12, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington and Harry Davies (The Guardian/   The world’s biggest and most profitable fossil fuel companies are receiving huge and rising subsidies from US taxpayers, a practice slammed as absurd by a presidential candidate given …

Fossil-Fuel-Free Portfolios Gain Popularity
May 4, 2015 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Karen Demasters (Financial Advisor)  Fossil fuels continue to lose popularity with investors as more investment professionals offer fossil-fuel-free portfolio options, according to the First Affirmative Financial Network.
A survey by the network released Thursday shows …

Guardian Petition for Fossil Fuel Divestment Receives 60,000 Signatures
March 23, 2015 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Emma Howard (The Guardian)  The Keep it in the Ground campaign asks the Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation to divest their endowments from fossil fuels
In less than 24 hours, more than 60,000 readers have …

Climate Change: UN Backs Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign
March 17, 2015 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (The Guardian)  Keep it in the ground.  Framework convention on climate change says it shares aim for strong deal on fighting global warming at Paris summit.
The UN organisation in charge of global climate …

Investors Ask Oil Companies to Disclose Refineries’ Risks from Climate Change
March 2, 2015 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Siri Srinivas (The Guardian)  Shareholders ask the five largest US oil companies – Valero, Exxon Mobil, Marathon Petroleum, Phillips 66 and Chevron – to disclose the risks their operations and facilities face from rising sea …

US, California Double Down on Climate Change, Energy Security via New Initiatives
February 12, 2015 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Obama unveils Clean Energy Investment Initiative; California lawmakers introduce a trio of bills aimed at 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
In Washington, the Obama Administration launched its Clean …

World’s Biggest Sovereign Wealth Fund Dumps Dozens of Coal Companies
February 8, 2015 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

(Earth Island Journal/The Guardian)  Norway’s giant fund removes investments made risky by climate change and other environmental concerns, including coal, oil sands, cement and gold mining — The world’s richest sovereign wealth fund removed 32 coal …

Harvard Defies Divestment Campaigners and Invests Tens of Millions of Dollars in Fossil Fuels
January 14, 2015 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  Campaigners protest over ‘blood money’ investments that come ahead of a lawsuit brought by students over Harvard’s refusal to divest from companies that cause climate change
Harvard has newly invested tens …

Stanford Professors Urge Withdrawal from Fossil Fuel Investments
January 12, 2015 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  Faculty members call on university to recognise urgency of climate change and divest from all oil, coal and gas companies
Three hundred professors at Stanford, including Nobel laureates and this year’s …

At Climate Talks, UN Calls Fossil Fuels ‘High Risk’ Investment
December 15, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Alister Doyle (Reuters)  Falling oil prices show the “high risk” of fossil fuel investments compared with renewable energies, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Monday at the start of 190-nation talks on a deal …

‘Stranded Assets’: Will Efforts to Counter Warming Render Energy Reserves Worthless?
December 7, 2014 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Alex Morales (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany’s biggest power company and an intriguing letter …

Advocates: Minnesota Needs More Alternative Fuel
November 20, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Logan Wroge  (Twin Cities Daily Planet)   … “A token amount of renewable energy isn’t going to cut it. We need a total transition,” said Simone Childs-Walker, a member of the student group Fossil …

Divest/Invest: Global Charities Challenged to Help ‘Save Civilization’
September 16, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Deirdre Fulton  (Common Dreams)  Could world’s wealthy philanthropic foundations spur a ‘tipping point’ on climate action?
A group of 160 leading environmentalists is calling on the world’s philanthropists and foundations to use their money to …

Union Becomes the World’s First Seminary to Divest from Fossil Fuels
June 12, 2014 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Serene Jones (Union Theological Seminary/Time Magazine)  New York’s Union Theological Seminary–home to famed theologians Paul Tillich, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as well as a $108.4 million endowment–will be the first seminary in the …

An Open Letter to Tom Steyer
June 10, 2014 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

Dear Mr. Steyer:
According to a Washington Post article on June 9th 2014, you will be divested of all your investments in fossil fuel enterprises by the end of this month. As the article discussed, that …

Fossil Fuel-Free Index Will Help Investors Manage Climate Risks
May 5, 2014 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Mike Scott (Forbes)  A new index has been launched that will make it easier for investors to steer their investments away from fossil fuel companies, which contribute to climate change and pollution.
The new index series, launched …

About the Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence 2014
April 4, 2014 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

(  From April 4th to 6th, 300 students from over 75 colleges and universities from across the United States and Canada will gather at San Francisco State University for the 2nd annual student-led Fossil Fuel …

The Stone Giant Speaks to the Hobbit …
April 1, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by David Titley (hypergeometric)  That inestimable corporate institution, Exxon-Mobil, announced today, on the heels of the IPCC WG2 report, that:
… it was “highly unlikely” that the world would cut greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to keep global …

Guest Blog: Fossil Fuel Company Divestment & Renewable Energy Reinvestment
March 27, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Fran Teplitz (Green America/Town Creek Foundation)  The fossil fuel divestment movement continues to grow nationally and internationally as individuals and institutions — including pension funds, institutions of higher learning, and philanthropic endowments –recognize the importance …

Landmark Agreement With Shareholders: ExxonMobil Agrees to Report on Climate Change & Carbon Asset Risk
March 21, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(Arjuna Capital/PR NewsWire)  In response to a shareholder resolution, ExxonMobil (XOM) – the largest U.S. energy company, for the first time ever has agreed to publish a Carbon Asset Risk report on the Company website …

17 Foundations Join Forces to Divest Fossil-Fuel Stocks
January 31, 2014 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

by Ben Gose (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)  Seventeen foundations with nearly $2-billion in assets have vowed to divest the fossil-fuel stocks in their endowments and invest at least 5 percent of their assets in clean-energy companies, and …