Carbon realities and asymmetrical risks

Wed Apr 4, 2007





Stanley Fink, CEO, Man Group plc

Managing risk is a primary aspect of my business, as it is for nearly all executives in the hedge fund and alternative investments industry. Having experience in this area is an extremely useful background for assessing the climate change issues facing our planet. After all, climate change can be viewed and analysed as a matter of risks taken and risks avoided.

I strongly believe that climate change is the most important challenge, or risk, facing the world at present. Over the past few years, I have been privileged to have had access to some of the world's leading minds working on climate change issues. These experts have produced convincing evidence that the climatic changes affecting our planet will almost inevitably have serious consequences for the world's populations.

The basic data is, by now, quite familiar. Scientists have shown that for the roughly 400,000 years...

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