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Investors gauge future climate risks with satellite imaging

Chris Kaminker was one of the many remote onlookers unnerved by the images of Australia’s most recent bushfires. Kaminker ran sustainable finance research at SEB, the Swedish bank that structured the first green bond, before joining the asset management arm of Swiss private bank Lombard Odier last year. In a newly created role, he was responsible for developing ways to analyze how the warming planet — and increasing pressure to cut carbon emissions— will affect companies.

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Chris Kaminker was one of the many remote onlookers unnerved by the images of Australia’s most recent bushfires.

In London, where he leads sustainable investment research and strategy at USD 65bn Lombard Odier Investment Managers, Kaminker couldn’t escape the thought that he’d seen this apocalyptic vision before. Indeed he had—a 2008 report commissioned by the Australian government had predicted that by 2020 climate change would cause the country’s fire seasons to start earlier, end later, and be more intense.

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