Finance and the Earth system – exploring the links between financial actors and non-linear changes in the climate system

Galaz, V., Crona, B., Dauriach, A., Scholtens, B. & Steffen, W., Nov-2018, In : Global Environmental Change. 53, p. 296-302 7 p.

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Financial actors and capital play a key role in extractive economic activities around the world, as well as in current efforts to avoid dangerous climate change. Here, in contrast to standard approaches in finance, sustainability and climate change, we elaborate in what ways financial actors affect key biomes around the world, and through this known "tipping elements" in the Earth system. We combine Earth system and sustainability sciences with corporate finance to develop a methodology that allows us to link financial actors to economic activities modifying biomes of key importance for stabilizing Earth's climate system. Our analysis of key owners of companies operating in the Amazon rainforest (Brazil) and boreal forests (Russia and Canada) identifies a small set of international financial actors with considerable, but as of yet unrealized, globally spanning influence. We denote these "Financial Giants", and elaborate how incentives and disincentives currently influence their potential to bolster or undermine the stability of the Earth's climate system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-302
Number of pages7
JournalGlobal Environmental Change
Publication statusPublished - Nov-2018


  • Climate change, Tipping elements, Financial systems, Telecoupling, Sustainable finance, Deforestation, CARE, ECOLOGISTS, OWNERSHIP, INSURANCE, POLICY

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