Increasing catastrophes linked to climate change could triple losses on property investments over the next 30 years

Insurers Worry a Financial Crisis May Come From Climate Risks, by William Wilkes, Bloomberg.com, February 22, 2019 Property values may slump as global temperatures increase Record costs for disasters in 2017 and 2018 hit insurers Insurers are increasingly worried that rising temperatures will lead to a slump in property values that could spark broader financial turmoil. Those were the conclusions a …

Practical and cost-effective ways to reach renewable energy goals in Colorado

From EnergyFreedomCO.org Many Colorado cities have ambitious energy goals but no practical and cost-effective way to reach them. Over one million Coloradans live in cities with the goal of obtaining 100% of their electricity from renewable energy sources. Many large companies also have aggressive renewable energy goals. This paper reviews six possible solutions that would allow cities and large companies …

2019 New Hampshire Bill Establishing a Public Bank

HB 367-FN – AS INTRODUCED 2019 SESSION 19-0146 11/08 HOUSE BILL 367-FN AN ACT establishing a state bank. SPONSORS: Rep. Marple, Merr. 24; Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6  COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs —————————————————————– ANALYSIS This bill establishes a state bank. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – …

Public Banking for Infrastructure Finance

By providing counsel, BND helps municipalities with limited knowledge of financial markets or the grant application process to access capital at lower rates and with cheaper transaction costs. Second, to address declining public revenues for infrastructure, BND’s direct low-interest loans allow it to leverage capital on terms that are favorable to the public. Finally, the centralized management of public funds …

Lack of adequate public transit service exacerbates environmental and economic disparities as well as climate change

By Basav Sen, Inequality.org, February 7, 2019 | https://popularresistance.org/lets-honor-rosa-parks-by-continuing-her-struggle-for-transit-equity/CREATE!  The lack of adequate public transit service exacerbates environmental and economic disparities as well as climate change. Only 5.2 percent of commuters nationwide use public transit to get to work, but 11 percent each of Black and Asian-American commuters and 7.7 percent of Latinx commuters use transit. People of color are clearly more dependent on transit. This is …

In December, 415 investors put out a statement warning that unabated climate change could cause $23 trillion in global economic destruction over the next 80 years.

The Next Financial Crisis Could Be Caused by Climate Change: After wildfires bankrupted a major utility, there’s concerns that more severe natural disasters will lead to economic devastation, Geoff Dembicki,VICE, Jan 27 2019 A bike docking station during 2017’s Hurricane Irma in Miami, one of many severe weather events that were likely made worse by climate change. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty …

London’s new official plan for cycling has no new infrastructure or funding.  How to genuinely democratise cycling in a big city?

Peter Walker Mon 17 Dec 2018 in The Guardian  Cyclists using the cycle superhighway on Blackfriars Bridge. Londoners have told Transport for London that the distinction between superhighways, quietways and ‘mini-Holland’ areas is confusing. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo London has a new official plan for cycling. It’s full of bold statements of intent and has some interesting ideas. That’s the good …

City platform example from Vancover

“We’ll never get what we need, unless we ask for it.” — Jean Swanson https://www.votecope2018.ca/platform_summary Tax the Mega Rich to Help the Rest of Us “Mansion Tax”: add an extra tax on properties worth over $5 million to generate about $1 billion over four years to end homelessness, fund public housing, and start restoring indigenous land “Big business” tax: lower commercial …

MPOs revising planning to prioritize projects that help access, equitable and affordable transportation, and safer biking and walking

Aging Boomers could cause transportation shakeup September 3rd, 2018 By Chris McCahill Suburban Baby Boomers hoping to age in place are beginning to put new demands on our transportation system, according to a recent New York Times article. Once they can no longer drive, many older folks find themselves needing in-home services or drivers that can offer more assistance than many taxi or TNC …

The future of healthcare isn’t possible without rural high-speed Interne

The Hitch in Kentucky’s Plan to Build High-Speed Internet for All FEB 1, 2018 KRISTON CAPPS Why the Internet Should Be Part of Trump’s Infrastructure Plan APR 12, 2017 KRISHNA JAYAKAR Community Broadband Media Roundup – August 27 Indiana Electric Coop “Concern for Community” Means Building a High-speed Fiber Network Colorado The future of healthcare isn’t possible without rural high-speed Internet by Brandon S. Thompson, Western Slope …