[MCN] Financial Advisor magazine: Climate Change Could Sandbag Investment Portfolios In 2019

Lance Olsen lance at wildrockies.org
Thu Jan 10 10:34:37 EST 2019

Financial Advisor magazine

Climate Change Could Sandbag Investment Portfolios In 2019
DECEMBER 12, 2018 • KAREN DEMASTERS <https://www.fa-mag.com/author/16/karen_demasters>
https://www.fa-mag.com/news/climate-change-could-threaten-investments-42339.html <https://www.fa-mag.com/news/climate-change-could-threaten-investments-42339.html>


2019 may be the year climate change really begins to affect investments, says Jessica Ground, global head of stewardship at Schroders.

Because of that, investors would be wise to pay attention to the possibilities when they put their money into particular projects or sectors, said Schroders, an asset manager based in London that focuses on sustainable investing.

Investors often neglect to thoroughly understand just how vulnerable a company’s physical assets and infrastructure are to severe disruption and damage as a direct result of drastic weather patterns

The growing influence of young people will put pressure on governments in terms of policy decisions and on corporations in terms of providing solutions to climate-related changes. Raising taxes on many fronts to deal with the problems may also pose a risk to corporations, Ground said.

“ For example, carbon taxes continue to increase, although not at the rate we believe is effective enough to really combat climate change,” Ground said. “It doesn’t feel as if the world is quite going to be ready for meat taxes in 2019, but given the benefits for health and the environment we wouldn’t rule it out over the medium term.”


“Full of recent references and statistics, Harvesting the Biosphere adds to the growing chorus of warnings about the current trajectory of human activity on a finite planet, of which climate change is only one dimension. 

“One can quibble with some assumptions or tweak Smil’s calculations, but the bottom line will not change, only the time it may take humanity to reach a crisis point.”

Stephen Running. “Approaching the Limits” Science 15 March 2013.

Book review. Harvesting the Biosphere: What we have taken from Nature. by Vaclav Smil .  MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2012. 315 pp. $29, £19.95. ISBN 9780262018562.


“Man …  is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth.”

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

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