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Who’s holding us back? How carbon intensive industry is preventing effective climate legislation

The corporations most responsible for contributing to climate change emissions and profiting from those activities are campaigning to increase their access to international climate negotiations and at the same time working to defeat progressive climate and energy policies around the world. This report from Greenpeace helps to demonstrate why decisive action on climate change is being consistently ousted from the political agenda.

Unburnable Carbon: are the world’s financial markets carrying a carbon bubble?

There are more fossil fuels listed on the world’s capital markets than we can afford to burn if we are to prevent dangerous climate change. This report quantifies how bad the overshoot is, company by company, stock exchange by stock exchange. Nowhere in the financial chain does the capital market recognise, or quantify, the possibility that governments will do what they say they will in regards to emissions reductions. This is a huge oversight, and there are serious financial risks if the fossil fuel reserves or 'assets' held by publicly listed companies becoming stranded as countries begin to shift towards a low carbon economy.

Freshwater use by U.S power plants: Electricity’s thirst for a precious resource

Across the world the water demand from coal power plants is combining with pressure from growing populations and other needs and straining water resources, especially during heat waves and droughts. This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists is the first systematic assessment of both the effects of power plant cooling on water resources across the United States and the quality of information available to help public and private sector decision makers make water smart energy choices.