Both governments and the market are reacting to climate change. As scientific evidence increases and governments take more action, investors and financiers seek to reduce exposure to risks associated with greenhouse-gas emissions. As such, they are allocating more capital to low-carbon activities and less to carbon-intensive industries.
Clean energy is in the interest of financiers. In exchange for providing capital to support economic activity, investors earn a return at a rate that reflects the level of risk. Given the growing costs of emissions, investments such as renewable energy and green buildings are a safer bet than many of their carbon-intensive counterparts. The prospect of being unable to use fossil-fuel certainly adds to the risk related to coal and tar-sand projects.
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