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Climate Change: The Forgotten Physical Risks

August 2019 
Andrew Howard and Marc Hassler, Schroders Investment Management

Climate change is creating increasingly volatile weather patterns, which is causing physical damage that's already impacting companies significantly.

Andrew Howard
Head of Sustainable Research
Marc Hassler
Sustainable Investment Analyst

 

Most climate analysis focuses on the impacts of steps to limit temperature rises, such as carbon prices or clean energy investment. Physical risks, on the other hand, have received less attention. That oversight is remiss; the impacts are lower, but they are also more certain. Physical damage lags atmospheric CO2 concentrations, which have been rising for decades, and will drive greater disruption even if emissions fall now. Our analysis examines the implications for companies and investments. 



Important Risks: Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. • Risks of focusing on investments that involve sustainability and environmentally responsible investment criteria may influence investment performance relative to a fund’s benchmark or competing funds and expose a fund to increased risks related to downturns or other adverse developments in that market segment.

The views expressed herein are those of Schroders Investment Management (Schroders), are for informational purposes only, and are subject to change based on prevailing market, economic, and other conditions. The views expressed may not reflect the opinions of Hartford Funds or any other sub-adviser to our funds. They should not be construed as research or investment advice nor should they be considered an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security. This information is current at the time of writing and may not be reproduced or distributed in whole or in part, for any purpose, without the express written consent of Schroders or Hartford Funds. 

 

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