“It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land. Widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and biosphere have occurred.”  


That was a killer start to the Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis, the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) scientists analyzed evidence looking back thousands of years and found the scale of the impact is unprecedented. No country or region is exempt.


This article is not just about what we believe will happen, but what climate scientists demonstrate has already happened and how climate change is already impacting our environment. It speaks of urgency and the need for scale but also gives hope – we can stabilise the climate if we respond.


We summarise the key predictions and discuss what these mean for capital markets, companies, assets and investor portfolios. And importantly, the key actions investors can take to move towards net zero.


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