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Ethical investments are outperforming traditional funds

The Guardian - 13 June 2020 Evidence suggests that environmentally focused investing is becoming mainstream
Environmentalists cheered by huge improvements in air quality during the lockdown – and the collapse in coal power generation – have another reason to celebrate. Even the stock market has gone in their favour.

A detailed number-crunching of environmentally sustainable funds has revealed that they have outperformed traditional funds across the board – beating them during the pandemic as well as during the 10 years up to and including the coronavirus sell-off.

The data, from the global research agency Morningstar, comes amid growing evidence that environmentally focused investing – once pigeonholed by City traditionalists as only for a vegan/hippy minority – is becoming mainstream. This week, Vanguard, one of the world’s biggest fund managers, launched two ethical index funds aimed at UK investors, while Aviva, Britain’s biggest insurer, unveiled a “climate transition” fund.

Why divest from fossil fuels?

Australian Ethical Investment David Macri 14 November 2019
Fossil fuel divestment can have a real impact on a company’s prospects. By refusing to invest in companies that are causing climate change we are denying them a social licence to operate.

UN Calls Global Climate Outlook ‘Bleak’

Bloomberg By Eric Roston, 26 Nov 2019
Greenhouse gas emissions are rising and the window for action closing. Still, there are some hopeful trends.

What is ‘ecological economics’ and why do we need to talk about it?

Property Observer ANITRA NELSON & BRIAN COFFEY | 11 NOVEMBER 2019
As environmental crises and the urgency to create ecological sustainability escalate, so does the importance of ecological economics. This applied, solutions-based field of studies is concerned with sustainability and development, rather than efficiency and growth. Also, given that cities account for 70-80% of global economic activity and associated resource use, emissions and waste, they are central to finding solutions to the challenge of sustainability.

Sustainable Finance: Investing in a better world

The Herald 31 Oct, 2019
The Sustainable Finance Forum is focused on the tangible aspects of the system it seeks to change, says Matt Whineray.

Firms ignoring climate crisis will go bankrupt, says Mark Carney

The Guardian, 13 Oct 2019 Damian Carrington
Companies and industries that are not moving towards zero-carbon emissions will be punished by investors and go bankrupt, the governor of the Bank of England has warned.

Investors Should Worry If Climate Goals Are Missed, Report Warns

Bloomberg By William Wilkes and Christopher Flavelle April 9, 2019
Investors be warned: If the planet heats up by more than two degrees, it’s going to get a lot harder to make money.

That’s the conclusion of investment advisory firm Mercer LLC, which modeled the financial fallout from two, three and four degrees Celsius of global warming through 2100 in a report released Monday.

To divest or not to divest? That is the question

Money Management 22 March 2019
... should (investors) simply divest from “bad” companies, or should they be using their stake to change the inner workings of companies?

Greenpeace is calling on the Super Fund to divest its $550m of shares in oil and gas companies

NZ Herald 11 Mar, 2019
Greenpeace is calling on the New Zealand Super Fund to divest the entirety of its more than $550 million worth of shares in almost 130 oil and gas companies around the world.

It is also calling on the Greens to support their call, like the party did when it was in Opposition.

Australia in Tree-Planting Binge to Help Meet Climate Targets

Australia aims to plant a billion trees by 2050 as part of a new forestry plan the government says will help the country meet its Paris Agreement climate targets.