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ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE :

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The Data Says Climate Change Could Cost Investors Trillions

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The Data Says Climate Change Could Cost Investors Trillions

Andrew Winston

April 14, 2016

Harvard Business Review

https://hbr.org/2016/04/
the-data-says-climate-change-could-cost-investors-trillions

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/zzteldc

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An important new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, says that climate change will be expensive. Extremely expensive. It turns out that if you mess with the planets thermostat, its not great for the economy or investments. Forget the polar bears; your pension and retirement funds are in trouble.

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Its not the first time economists have warned us about the costs of a changing climate. Some past studies on climate economics, like the famous Stern Report a decade ago, assessed the macro-level risk to GDP as a whole. Others have drilled down to explore what worldwide action to control carbon would mean for fossil fuel investments specifically. But this new report, by estimating the risk to all financial assets and portfolios, finds a powerful middle ground that should get investor attention.

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But its not just the investment community that should rethink where its capital goes. Any large company needs to take a hard look as well. A couple of key questions to ponder:

Do you, or your suppliers, have significant coastal assets?

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Where are your financial assets invested and in what classes?

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Putting a value on the risk or opportunity is an important first step to make it all understandable to business. And the numbers these banks and academics are coming up with certainly help stir the souls (or wallets) of the investor community. But on some level theyre absurd. When you get into the tens of trillions, you might as well say infinite. The scale of the downside is so large, its worth significant effort and investment to avoid it. Lets hope business leaders and policymakers heed the warning and seize the opportunity to build a more profitable and resilient low-carbon world.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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Sincerely,
David Dillard
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