For any investor, measuring opportunity against risk is critical. And for real estate investors in particular, risk is rising exponentially in the age of climate change. To that end, big real estate firms are pouring significant resources into calculating climate risk and its likely effect on property portfolios — everything from increasingly extreme weather to a rise in sea levels. “This process will be painful for investors who are caught off guard, but those who are prepared have the potential to outperform,” a new report from the Urban Land Institute said. Damage to U.S. real estate from extreme storms hit a record high in 2017. Natural disasters, including floods, mudslides and wildfires, cost more than $300 billion in damage, the bulk of it to residential and commercial real estate. In 2018, from May through July, much of the East Coast, down to Florida, saw rainfall up to three times normal levels, according to the National Oceanic and … [Read more...] about Climate Change Will Crush Real Estate Values for Investors Who Don’t Prepare, New Report Says
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As they've become cheaper and more efficient, electricity-generating solar panels have popped up all over the United States. But some experts say it would be better if new photovoltaic panels were placed not only on parcels of land and rooftops but also on reservoirs and other bodies of water. Floating photovoltaic panels — or "floatovoltaics," as some call the devices — could generate large amounts of electricity without taking up valuable real estate, experts say. Solar panels generate about 1 percent of the nation's energy needs. New research by scientists at the federal government's National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows that floatovoltaics installed on just one-fourth of the nation's manmade reservoirs would be able to generate about 10 percent of U.S. energy needs. "This is a strong tool in the toolbox that we can utilize for expanding our photovoltaic portfolio in the U.S.," said Robert Spencer, a data scientist at the lab and the leader of the research. … [Read more...] about Why solar farms of the future may float on water
Drinking coconut water has claimed to fight heart disease, lower blood pressure, and have antioxidant properties, but our experts say that’s mostly hype. All you need to hydrate is a glass of water. It will give you the same benefits without the calories or the price tag. Coconut water is a good source of potassium, but strive to eat more fruit instead, you’ll get the potassium plus fibre and other nutrients coconut water is lacking. Coconut water has claimed to have antioxidant properties, fight heart disease and lower blood pressure. And while the fruit juice does have some nutrients, our experts say these claims are mostly hype and adding coconut water to your diet will mostly just add calories. Coconut water does provide potassium “There are some health benefits to drinking coconut water,” Pamela Peeke, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland told INSIDER. “It’s an all-natural way to hydrate and add potassium to … [Read more...] about Coconut water isn’t as good for you as you think. Here’s what you should know.
Robert K. Wittman, author of the book “Priceless,” founded the FBI’s Art Crime Team and has helped recover more than $US300 million in stolen works. There are many art heist movies involving elaborate schemes like “Ocean’s 8” and “The Thomas Crown Affair,” but these films aren’t very accurate. Insider asked Wittman how the real life heists he’s witnessed compare to those made up by Hollywood. Narrator: They’re popular in Hollywood, and we’ve all seen them before. The art heist film. The movies involve elaborate schemes to steal priceless paintings, jewellery, and artifacts. Debbie Ocean: It’s over six pounds of diamonds. Narrator: But they’re not very realistic. Robert Wittman: I think they have glamorized it to the point where people may think it’s sexy. Narrator: This is Robert Wittman. He spent twenty years with the FBI’s National Art Crimes Team, helping to recover more than $US300 … [Read more...] about The FBI agent who helped recover $300 million worth of stolen art explains what Hollywood gets wrong about art heists
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