Dirty money

For the first time, banks have been ranked by how much they facilitate global warming. Anna Petherick asks how this data should be used.

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1: The 20 filthiest financial institutions.


  1. 1

    James Hansen arrested with 100 others at mountaintop removal mining protest in DC. Huffington Post (27 September 2010); available via http://go.nature.com/G6d3FX.

  2. 2

    Hansen, J. Coal-fired power stations are death factories. Close them. The Guardian (15 February 2009); available via http://go.nature.com/dkf3Ik.

    Google Scholar 

  3. 3

    Schücking, H. et al. Bankrolling Climate Change. A Look into the Portfolios of the World's Largest Banks (urgewald, GroundWork, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and BankTrack, 2011); available via http://go.nature.com/wPQVqZ.

    Google Scholar 

  4. 4

    Tett, G. Fool's Gold. How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Abacus, 2009).

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information



Corresponding author

Correspondence to Anna Petherick.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Petherick, A. Dirty money. Nature Clim Change 2, 72–73 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate1381

Download citation

Further reading