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The Science of Climate Change

Climate change is no longer a distant threat or just a possibility, it is now a reality for all of us. In this pathway, Kevin Trenberth, a renowned climatologist, delves into the science behind climate change. He first introduces the climate system, its main components and forces.

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Plastic pollution is by far the biggest threat to our oceans and this remains an incredibly tough problem to solve. Plastic credits could potentially serve as one of the much needed solutions for this crisis.

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The Scale of the Net Zero Challenge

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Climate change is no longer a distant threat or just a possibility, it is now a reality for all of us. In this pathway, Kevin Trenberth, a renowned climatologist, delves into the science behind climate change. He first introduces the climate system, its main components and forces.

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Micro Level Evaluation of Climate-related Credit Losses

Micro Level Evaluation of Climate-related Credit Losses

Tony Hughes

Climate risk modeller

In this video collaboration between the MMF, Grant Thornton, Finance and Sustainability Unlocked, Tony Hughes, expert risk modeller and data scientist outlines the link impact of climate change on the financial system. In the second video in his two-part series, Tony outlines why financial costs have been muted so far, pointing to the predictability of climate impact, which leads to closer preparedness from firms and investors.

In this video collaboration between the MMF, Grant Thornton, Finance and Sustainability Unlocked, Tony Hughes, expert risk modeller and data scientist outlines the link impact of climate change on the financial system. In the second video in his two-part series, Tony outlines why financial costs have been muted so far, pointing to the predictability of climate impact, which leads to closer preparedness from firms and investors.

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Micro Level Evaluation of Climate-related Credit Losses

9 mins 39 secs

Overview

Climate change has, so far, had a limited impact on the financial system. At a micro level, using natural experiments, analysis shows that the relationships between climate risks and credit risks are mixed. In some instances where people have been impacted by a climate event, they have ended up better off in the long run, whereas in some cases they haven't.

It is suspected that financial costs have been muted due to the predictability of climate impacts and if climate impact is predictable, then investors, borrowers, and lenders can all make informed decisions on the basis of those projections, and those outcomes are less likely to go off the rails as a result.

Key learning objectives:

  • Outline the micro-level evidence for the impact of climate change on the financial system

  • Understand why financial costs relating to climate change have so far been muted

  • Describe the hedging strategies in relation to climate change

  • Outline the value of building early detection systems into strategy

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Dr Tony Hughes is an expert risk modeller and data scientist at Grant Thornton. Tony has over 20 years of experience in industry and academia. Before he joined Grant Thornton he worked as a senior quantitative modeller at Moody’s Analytics for over two decades. At Moody’s, Tony developed market risk models and structural macroeconomic models for use in simulation and scenario development. Tony’s key focus is in climate modelling and ESG, which Tony described as the “greatest quantitative challenge the industry has faced for many decades”.

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