As Climate Summit Begins, Analysts See Risks--and Opportunities--for Investors

Climate change is one of the thorniest challenges confronting investors, and one that will reshape the financial markets.

Leslie Norton 1 November, 2021 | 4:28AM
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Climate Summit

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP26, is the most important climate summit since 2015, when the world agreed to strive to cap global warming to under 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels--or, better yet, to 1.5 degrees--by substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Since then, a flurry of national pledges to slash emissions to net zero--to take as much carbon out of the atmosphere as one is putting in--by 2050 has ensued. More promises have followed from an array of municipalities, companies, and other issuers. As the United States rejoined the Paris Agreement this year, President Joe Biden called for a national reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 50% by 2030, from 2005 levels. Lately, even Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter, promise to reach net zero emissions by 2060.

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