Chapter 14

Environmental Challenges and Financial Market Opportunities

Colin Read     State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY, USA

Abstract

To date, financial markets related to environmental factors have represented only a small niche in global financial risk management. However, both burgeoning energy needs among emerging markets and the need to deal effectively with global warming will force nations to agree to a variety of new economic policies. In free market economies, financial markets will play an important role in managing the risk and directing the incentives that will accompany these significant economic challenges. I describe the potential size of such new or expanded financial markets over the twenty-first ...

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