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Students push universities to stop investing in fossil fuels

Yale faculty on Thursday will discuss the university's ethical obligations on fossil fuel investments.
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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2019, file photo, Harvard and Yale students protest during halftime of the NCAA college football game between Harvard and Yale at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Conn. Students alarmed by climate change are stepping up pressure on universities to stop investing in fossil fuel industries and are gaining wider traction in 2020. (Nic Antaya/The Boston Globe via AP, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Students alarmed by climate change are stepping up pressure on universities to stop investing in fossil fuel industries, and the effort is gaining traction.

The push is underway at hundreds of schools, and student activists are increasingly learning from one another and moving to act.

Georgetown University said this month it'll end private investments in coal, oil and gas companies within the next decade, and some faculty at Harvard have called for a similar shift.

Yale faculty on Thursday will discuss the university's ethical obligations on fossil fuel investments.

Several dozen schools have stopped investing at least partially, but there's debate over how much it slows the effects of climate change or affects company bottom lines.

Credit: AP
FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2019, file photo, demonstrators stage a protest on the field at the Yale Bowl disrupting the start of the second half of an NCAA college football game between Harvard and Yale in New Haven, Conn. Students alarmed by climate change are stepping up pressure on universities to stop investing in fossil fuel industries and are gaining wider traction in 2020. (AP Photo/Jimmy Golen, File)