Even the ‘serious people’ are starting to get it
This is interesting:
In a speech to business leaders Mark Carney said that by the time climate change becomes a defining issue for financial stability “it may already be too late”.
The economist said that since the 1980s the number of weather-related loss events for insurers had tripled, with inflation-adjusted losses rising from $10 billion per year to $50bn per year.
He said: “Our societies face a series of profound environmental and social challenges.
“The combination of the weight of scientific evidence and the dynamics of the financial system suggest that, in the fullness of time, climate change will threaten financial resilience and longer-term prosperity.”
He told the audience that the “catastrophic impacts of climate change” would be felt beyond the “traditional horizons” of most people in the industry, which would result in “imposing a cost on future generations that the current generation has no direct incentive to fix”.
He added:”The horizon for monetary policy extends out to 2-3 years. For financial stability it is a bit longer, but typically only to the outer boundaries of the credit cycle – about a decade.
“In other words, once climate change becomes a defining issue for financial stability, it may already be too late.”