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New York: First State to Caution Investors About Climate Change

If you’re interested in buying New York bonds, the state wants you to know that “climate change poses a long-term risk to the state’s finances.” Sounds reasonable, right? After all Hurricane Sandy wasn’t that long ago. Well, not so fast say rating agencies. A senior executive at Standard & Poor’s said he has “a hard time finding a direct relationship for climate change on New York State’s economy at this point.” Another senior executive at Moody’s explained that FEMA mitigates the risk by picking up the bill when big natural disaster events happen. In other words, investors in NY bonds shouldn’t worry too much about climate change.

Annual Income of Bottom 90% Has Grown $59 in 47 Years

According to Pulitzer Prize winning economic journalist, David Cay Johnston, the prosperity, in terms of annual income, of the bottom 90% of the US population grew by only $59 after adjusting for inflation.

Cleantech Accelerator Greenstart Evolves into Venture Company

Despite abandoning the accelerator model, far from backing away from promising young businesses, Greenstart plans to make investments in 10 to 12 “clean-web” companies this year, making them one of the most active investment entities operating in this space. The firm sees massive growth potential in energy and resource markets going forward.

Catalyzing the Connection Economy

Somewhere along the line our culture lost contact with the recognition of oneness of all life, the connectedness to each other. Our institutions – government, economy, religion are all built on a false premise of separation. Simply spoken, in Economics 101 we learned that everything around a business other than what is termed “business as … Continued

Nascent U.S. Marine Energy Industry Can Benefit from UK Know How

As the U.S. looks to grow its emerging marine energy industry, the UK can serve as both a model of how to support industry growth and as a potential partner for gaining the necessary know how and expertise to jumpstart the U.S. market.

Reagan-Era Secretary of State Calls for Carbon Tax

Addressing an SRO crowd on Capitol Hill, Shultz,now an advisory board member of Partnership for a Secure America, spoke of an energy revolution as he urged Congress to overcome partisan rancor and take strong action on global warming.

Kiva Announces $400 Million Microfinance Milestone

Kiva’s efforts to alleviate poverty and enhance economic opportunity around the world has come a long way in a short time. Leveraging “collective good and new technologies,” Kiva’s microfinance crowdfunding platform now reaches out to more than 1 million people in more than 65 countries.

U.S. Solar Record Set in 2012

Installations of solar photovoltaics in the United States grew by 76 percent in 2012, making solar the fastest growing energy source in the country, according to a new report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industry Associations (SEIA).

The report, U.S. Solar Market Insight: Year-in-Review 2012, shows that the U.S. installed 3,313 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2012, setting a new industry record.