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Investment alliance with $22 trillion in assets pleads for urgent climate action

• Stephen C. Webster via

An alliance of some of the world’s largest investment groups, worth a combined total of $22 trillion in assets, urged world leaders this week to take calls for action on climate change seriously.

Ceres, which represents institutional investment interests around the world, sent an open letter to the globe’s largest governments (PDF) calling for steady, consistent public policies that “encourage low carbon investment,” along with stronger international agreements on greenhouse gas reductions.

The letter follows a major report issued by the World Bank on Monday, which predicts that Earth’s climate will warm by about 4 degrees on average by the end of the century — a scenario that would devastate poorer countries, cause widespread droughts and famine, water shortages, a dangerous rise in sea levels and massive population displacement.

The World Bank warned that scientists agree super storms like Hurricane Sandy will occur with greater frequency and strength in a warmer world. “Lack of action on climate change threatens to make the world our children inherit a completely different world than we are living in today,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said in prepared text. “Climate change is one of the single biggest challenges facing development, and we need to assume the moral responsibility to take action on behalf of future generations, especially the poorest.”

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