The University of Oxford: Smith School of Enterprise and the Envrionment's Stranded Assets Programme
The University of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and Environment has established a "Stranded Assets Programme." The goal of this program is to examine the finances involved in investing in an industry that is risky and prone to standing assets, specifically the fossil fuel industry.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a body of the United Nations that is comprised of thousands of world-renowned scientists, including Penn State faculty (!) that is tasked with assessing the current state of the Earth's climate system and predicting its behavior in the future. The body also proposes recommendations to policymakers, given their scientific conclusions.
In this piece, Bill McKibben, the father of the fossil fuel divestment movement, explains the urgency of the cause. He explains that the world's fossil fuel companies already hold enough carbon in their reserves to push the planet's climate past the point that scientists and policymakers alike agree is safe for society.