Posts in financial risk of climate change
- If you have never been to an oil company AGM it is worth going to watch two parallel words colliding for a few hours. On the one side are the protestors arguing passionately for the company to listen to how their activities are destroying someone’s homeland or are polluting the earth. Up on the top...
Continue reading 'When two worlds collide – the chardonnay wins'.
- According to a leaked letter, the Obama Administration is set to propose ending fossil fuel subsidies next week at the Pittsburgh G20. The letter, authored by Michael Froman who is an Obama advisor on international economic affairs, calls on the G20 to eliminate all fossil fuel and electricity subsidies, as a “logical step in combating...
Continue reading 'Money for Nothing, and your Climate for Free'.
- 101 days to go until the biggest climate jamboree ever seen. The UN Copenhagen climate conference will be a defining moment in how humanity responds to the issue. World leaders can either finally grasp the nettle by agreeing drastic cuts in CO2 levels, and getting out their check book to pay for it.
- It’s your mess – now you pay for it. That’s the message from African leaders to Western countries as they mull over a proposal to demand tens of billions of dollars in compensation – one figure muted is $67 billion a year – from developed countries for the effects of climate change. African Ministers have...
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- Last month, a ground-breaking study by Oil Change and other NGO’s calculated that Shell was the world’s most carbon intensive oil company, per barrel of oil equivalent to be produced. The main reason for this is its massive expansion into Canada’s climate intensive dirty oil sands. The report looked at the carbon intensity of the...
Continue reading 'Shell’s Operations Present “Climate Risk” to Investors'.
- Of all the oil majors, Shell prides itself on undertaking cutting edge energy forecasting, that not only inform the group’s thinking but also dove-tail into policy making by decision makers across the energy spectrum. It is one of the few companies to get out its crystal-ball and try and predict what the energy future will...
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- Sometimes you wonder if anyone actually heeds the warnings any more. There have been so many of impending doom about climate catastrophe, that people seem oblivious to the warnings. Two scientific reports released today maybe the ones where people sit up and notice. One of the lead scientists thinks so. “This changes the way we...
Continue reading 'Half-Way to Climate Catastrophe'.
- Tackling climate change can have a significant impact on your company’s value to the total of $7 trillion, according to a new report by the London-based Carbon Trust. The report, based on analysis by McKinsey & Co, found that companies’ futures will be highly dependent on how well prepared they are for the move to...
Continue reading 'The Trillion Dollar Wake Up Call'.
- It was inevitable that some sections of the Canadian press would defend tar sands, but the arguments they are using are fundamentally flawed. In an editorial entitled “’Dirty oil’ beats bloody oil” today, the Calgary Herald tries to hit back at recent moves (see blog here) that highlight the financial risks of oil sands. The...
Continue reading 'The Flawed Defence of “Dirty Oil”'.
- It must be depressing being a banker these days. As stock markets plunge, banks go to the wall and confidence crumbles you will be looking for a safe place to invest your money. Gold is looking a good bet these days, but what about oil and tar sands? Not long ago, investing in Canada’s tar...
Continue reading 'Climate Risk Set to Impact Oil Sands Development'.
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