Delegates from around the world are now attending the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, known as COP21. Motivated by the belief that carbon-based pollutants and greenhouse gas might have a catastrophic impact on our global climate, the conference will seek a binding agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
Hope for a broad global agreement has been renewed, as the globe's largest emitters, the U.S. and China, recently affirmed their commitment to bilateral cooperation on climate change.
Regardless of whether a global agreement is reached at the conference, we should expect that varying approaches to greenhouse gas reduction will continue to emerge. These policies can affect equity investments and, as such, should be carefully considered by investors.