How could the Future Fund finance Carmichael coal?

This briefing originally appeared on RenewEconomy, 30 March 2016 Could Australia’s sovereign wealth fund be the key source of finance that enables Adani’s Carmichael mega coal mine in the Galilee Basin? News has emerged that India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, will meet with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Chairman of the Future … Read More

A shocking reminder of the health impacts of coal

11 March 2016 It’s a shocking story that’s slowly emerging. Up to 1,000 current and former Queensland coal mine workers could be affected by pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease, and it’s possible that authorities and coal mining companies have tried to cover up the extent of this health disaster. Black lung … Read More

Time to tell Australia’s insurers to ditch coal

28 January 2016 Around the world, pressure is building on the insurance industry to divest from fossil fuels, while back home we are ramping up our campaign to stop Australia’s major insurers shooting themselves in the foot by investing in climate change’s drivers. In the latest international development, California’s Insurance Commissioner on … Read More

2015: coal loses, community wins.

21 December 2015 The global coal industry stumbled into 2015 looking pretty peaky. Analysts across the finance sector were increasingly using terms like “structural decline” to describe its state and its future, while the spin-meisters spent a fortune hitting back with a new PR campaign that suggested coal was critical … Read More

Westpac commits to action for “below 2 degrees”

11 December 2015 Westpac has today made a commitment to operate in line with an economy that limits global warming to below two degrees! CEO Brian Hartzer said to hundreds of shareholders in Sydney: Westpac is committed to operating, both directly and indirectly, in a manner consistent with supporting an … Read More

Commbank’s climate credentials don’t make it through Paris

7 December 2015 Well that was short lived! A month ago we were celebrating Commonwealth Bank’s new Group Environment Policy committing the bank to the goal of limiting global warming to less than two degrees. For a moment, it looked like Commbank really got the issue of climate change and were even sticking their necks out … Read More

How does Westpac measure up on climate?

2 December 2015 We’re in a time of year usually defined by the United Nations climate change negotiations, currently underway in Paris. But we’re also in the middle of annual general meeting (AGM) season for Australia’s big banks, and a parade of glossy brochures and statements that update the banks’ policies … Read More

Making your finances fossil free

On 29 May and 3 June 2014, Market Forces, in conjunction with 350.org and the Australia Institute, ran forums in Sydney and Melbourne to release a new report examining how individuals can make their personal finances fossil free. A summary of the report’s main findings can be found on the … Read More