Fighting climate change with capital markets

Fighting climate change with capital markets

As a structured finance specialist in the World Bank Treasury, I work on a trading floor and talk to banks, investors, and development partners daily, so together we can find cost-effective and sustainable solutions to address climate change.

Stacking Tesla’s Model Y Against Its Electric SUV Competition

Stacking Tesla’s Model Y Against Its Electric SUV Competition

Those are impressive specs, but while a new Tesla still feels like a major event, a whole host of family-toting electric SUVs are already on sale or about to come online.

Elon Musk’s Model Y SUV Brings More Tesla to More Masses

Elon Musk’s Model Y SUV Brings More Tesla to More Masses

Elon Musk’s Model Y SUV Brings More Tesla to More Masses The “Performance” version of the Model Y, due out in fall 2020, will go from 0 to 60 mph in a blistery 3.5 seconds, and offer 280 miles of range for a cool $60,000.

Colleges Need Influencers, but Do Influencers Need College?

Colleges Need Influencers, but Do Influencers Need College?

And for some influencers, like Giannulli, college can be a windfall, landing them brand deals to market dorm furnishings, Victoria’s Secret underwear, and to their fellow students.

5G Is Coming for Real, but It Will Cost You

5G Is Coming for Real, but It Will Cost You

Verizon Wednesday announced what could be the first “real” mobile 5G service in the US, dubbed " 5G Ultra Wideband ." It’s scheduled to launch April 11 in " select areas " of Chicago and Minneapolis, as a $10 add-on to the carrier's existing unlimited plans; there will be no additional charge for the first three months.

An Email Marketing Company Left 809 Million Records Exposed Online

An Email Marketing Company Left 809 Million Records Exposed Online

"This is just another case where someone has my data, and hundreds of millions of other people’s data, and I’ve absolutely no idea how they got it." Security Researcher Troy Hunt In the exposed database, the researchers also found some of what appear to be Verifications.io’s own internal tools like test email accounts, hundreds of SMTP (email sending) servers, the text of emails, anti-spam evasion infrastructure, keywords to avoid, and IP addresses to blacklist.

An Email Marketing Company Left 809 Million Records Exposed Online

An Email Marketing Company Left 809 Million Records Exposed Online

Last week, security researchers Bob Diachenko and Vinny Troia discovered an unprotected, publicly accessible MongoDB database containing 150 gigabytes-worth of detailed, plaintext marketing data—including 763 million unique email addresses. The database, owned by the "email validation" firm Verifications.io, was taken offline the same day Diachenko reported it to the company.

Fitbit's New Lower-Cost Wearables Undercut the Apple Watch

Fitbit's New Lower-Cost Wearables Undercut the Apple Watch

The new Inspire wristband, which starts at $70 and goes up to $100 for a model with heart-rate tracking, is an interesting evolution of its predecessor, the Fitbit Alta.

No, Data Is Not the New Oil

No, Data Is Not the New Oil

Newly installed California governor Gavin Newsom recently proposed an ambitious “data dividend” plan , whereby companies like Facebook or Google would pay their users a fraction of the revenue derived from the users’ data.

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

In addition to the proposed regulations on product ingredients, the FDA is also asking manufacturers to submit more data on new forms of sunscreen, like SPF powders, wipes, body washes, and shampoos, before determining if those too are safe.

Europe’s New Rules Aim to Make Online Marketplaces More Fair

Europe’s New Rules Aim to Make Online Marketplaces More Fair

FREDERICK FLORIN/Getty Images European lawmakers took a swing at Amazon, Google, Apple, and other tech giants Thursday, endorsing new rules to crack down on unfair practices that stifle competition by online platforms and app stores.

China Will Likely Corner the 5G Market—and the US Has No Plan

China Will Likely Corner the 5G Market—and the US Has No Plan

What’s new about China's massive deployment of fiber, both in its own territory and in its global market along its planned Belt and Road, is that China is likely to permit only 5G equipment made by Huawei and a handful of other Chinese companies to connect to that fiber.

Your Boring, Everyday Life Belongs on Social Media

Your Boring, Everyday Life Belongs on Social Media

Your Boring, Everyday Life Belongs on Social Media Dull tours of supermarkets and mundane candid shots soothe us with warmth and relatability on YouTube and Instagram—and push back against the envy industry.

Fiat Chrysler, Honda Blame Frigid Cold as U.S. Sales Disappoint

Fiat Chrysler, Honda Blame Frigid Cold as U.S. Sales Disappoint

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Honda Motor Co. reported smaller U.S. sales gain than expected and blamed frosty temperatures that kept some buyers at bay late last month.

The Future of Super Bowl Ads Doesn’t Include TV—or Football

The Future of Super Bowl Ads Doesn’t Include TV—or Football

The Future of Super Bowl Ads Doesn’t Include TV—or Football From press-generating live musicals to viral tweets, brands are figuring out that they can get a lot more than 30 seconds for their money. It’s called Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical .

The Need for Carbon Fiber Could Ground the Flying Car Future

The Need for Carbon Fiber Could Ground the Flying Car Future

(Conventional carbon fiber manufacturing requires pieces to be shaped and then baked in an oven to set, a longer and more labor-intensive process.) Fixes If Icon is a cautionary tale, another new airplane manufacturer could prove to be an inspiration for the eVTOL.

Fyre Festival Documentaries Dissect Attendees'—and Your—FOMO

Fyre Festival Documentaries Dissect Attendees'—and Your—FOMO

More specifically as "an immersive experience" offering "the best in food, art, music, and adventure" on an island "once owned by Pablo Escobar" that is somehow "on the boundaries of the impossible." As one social media strategist in Fyre Fraud put it, "what Fyre Festival did prove is that the power of influence is real." If that all sounds like gobbledygook marketing, it's because it is.

The Prime Challenges for Scout, Amazon’s New Delivery Robot

The Prime Challenges for Scout, Amazon’s New Delivery Robot

And soon, your Amazon Prime packages may show up courtesy of Scout, Amazon's new six-wheeled autonomous delivery robot built to withstand the sidewalk. While at the moment Amazon’s Scout is sequestered in one neighborhood in Washington, it’s not hard to see a future where delivery robots of all kinds roam among humans on city streets.

Pharma Spending on Doctors Is Correlated With Opioid Deaths

Pharma Spending on Doctors Is Correlated With Opioid Deaths

In a study published today in the journal JAMA Network Open, researchers at the Boston Medical Center found a strong association between direct-to-physician marketing dollars spent by drug companies, the number of opioid prescriptions issued by doctors, and the number of deaths in each US county from prescription opioids.

The FTC Thinks You Pay Too Much for Smartphones. Here’s Why

The FTC Thinks You Pay Too Much for Smartphones. Here’s Why

Qualcomm charges companies like Apple a set percentage of the total price of a phone in exchange for the right to use its technology, according to the antitrust suit filed by the FTC.

The Exaggerated Promise of So-Called Unbiased Data Mining

The Exaggerated Promise of So-Called Unbiased Data Mining

The Exaggerated Promise of So-Called Unbiased Data Mining Getty Images Nobel laureate Richard Feynman once asked his Caltech students to calculate the probability that, if he walked outside the classroom, the first car in the parking lot would have a specific license plate, say 6ZNA74.

Snow Can't Stop the Edward Scissorhands of Flying Cars

Snow Can't Stop the Edward Scissorhands of Flying Cars

On the Ava's planned cross-country flight, the Beta team will follow along in their mobile charging vehicle, a converted tour bus outfitted with generators, solar panels, and an expanding landing pad on the roof.

Forget the iPhone Shortfall. Apple's All About Services Now

Forget the iPhone Shortfall. Apple's All About Services Now

One Goldman Sachs tech analyst not only slashed Apple’s share price target, but also compared the company’s challenges to those of Nokia in 2007, when that company dominated the global cell phone market and was hit by a sudden shift in how often people upgraded their phones.

Ex-'Hearthstone' Designers Are Working on a New Marvel Game

Ex-'Hearthstone' Designers Are Working on a New Marvel Game

Ex- Hearthstone Designers Are Working on a New Marvel Game Second Dinner, a studio made up of designers who worked on Blizzard's popular card-based title, will set its debut game in a different (but still well-known) universe of giant, powerful beings.

The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected

The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected

Goodnight Stories didn’t emerge spontaneously, though; they began to test it, six months before launching their now famed Kickstarter campaign, using the simplest of internet technologies: email.Crucial Tech for an Author: EmailIn 2014, The New York Times had 6.5 million subscribers to its email newsletters.

Juul Sheds Its Anti-Smoking Cred and Embraces Big Tobacco

Juul Sheds Its Anti-Smoking Cred and Embraces Big Tobacco

Juul Sheds Its Anti-Smoking Cred and Embraces Big TobaccoJames Monsees, right, and Adam Bowen, founders of e-cigarette manufacturer Juul.Axel Heimken/Getty ImagesJuul’s deal to accept a big investment from the maker of Marlboro cigarettes will snuff out its chance to take the high road with critics, but it will buy the embattled e-cigarette company time and credibility with regulators.Juul said on Thursday it had accepted a $12.8 billion cash investment from Altria, one of the nation’s largest cigarette makers, for a 35 percent stake that values the three-year-old startup at $38 billion, according to Wells Fargo.It’s tempting to see the financial tie to big tobacco as Juul selling out.

Amazon’s Holiday Toy Catalog Is Advertising Parents Actually Want

Amazon’s Holiday Toy Catalog Is Advertising Parents Actually Want

And this time of year, when millions of Americans are going to buy toys, it’s easier for children to thumb through a physical catalog that feels like a big book of wonders than a notoriously hard-to-navigate website.Kids, especially, don’t have a great way to discover toys on the actual Amazon website.

The MoviePass Reboot Is Here. But Will Moviegoers Want It?

The MoviePass Reboot Is Here. But Will Moviegoers Want It?

Starting in January, MoviePass will roll out a new pricing scheme that will allow you to pay as little as $10 or as much as $25 per month for three movie tickets, depending on where you live and how many restrictions you can cope with.If people sign up, MoviePass will finally have a business model that's within shouting distance of survival.

What the Stock Selloff Tells Us About the Future of Tech

What the Stock Selloff Tells Us About the Future of Tech

The massive run-up in share prices this summer may not have been a last hurrah, but it’s likely that it will mark the end of this latest euphoria stage.During the summer, tech investors—especially shareholders in the leading “FAANG” companies (, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google)—were feeling flush, as were those companies themselves.

Green Bonds: From evolution to revolution

Green Bonds: From evolution to revolution

That bond is the most recent in a series of innovations in the fixed income market that raise funding from the capital markets dedicated to a defined social purpose, with issuers engaging with investors around purpose and offering more transparency on the financing.

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