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Push for Fossil Fuel Divestment Grows at UN Climate Talks
Concerns over corporate influence at the COP19 fuel a growing divestment campaign going after the social license of the fossil fuel industry
Warsaw, Poland - The Polish government’s decision to put the coal industry front and center at this year’s UN climate negotiations has sparked a backlash from young people and civil society groups who are determined to challenge the social license of coal companies and the broader fossil fuel industry.
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