Preparing To Asset-strip Local Government? The Fed’s Bizarre New Rules

In an inscrutable move that has alarmed state treasurers, the Federal Reserve, along with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, just changed the liquidity requirements for the nation’s largest banks. Municipal bonds, long considered safe liquid investments, have been eliminated from the …

Verizon, Intel, Opower tout major energy efficiency savings, EV battle in CA

By Derek Top, Senior Editor, Program Director – VERGE Systems-thinking, an important concept in creating large-scale efficiencies and cost savings in the emerging VERGE ecosystem, is catching on. A report released yesterday from ACEEE discovers how system efficiency opportunities produce energy savings that dwarf component-based improvements in individual appliances or vehicles. The report …

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Bulletin

Volume 141 Number 4 – Thursday, 12 May 2011 GLOBAL PLATFORM HIGHLIGHTS Wednesday, 11 May 2011 On Wednesday, participants continued meeting in plenary to discuss the economics of disasters, followed by an informal plenary on the implementation of the outcomes of the Mid-term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action …