From: Yale Environment 360
Published December 4, 2017 10:49 AM

Top Credit Agency to Cities and States: Prepare for Climate Change or Face Lower Credit Rating

Moody’s Investors Service, one of the top credit rating agencies in the world, warned cities and states in the U.S. that unless they prepare for climate change, the agency could lower their credit ratings, making it harder for them to obtain low-interest bonds.

The agency told clients this week that Moody’s analysts examine the climate risks that municipalities and states face and their efforts to plan and prepare for these impacts. These include both long-term threats, such as sea level rise, as well as what Moody’s calls “climate shocks” — extreme weather like floods, droughts, and coastal storms. These impacts, the company said, increase a city or state’s risk of defaulting on a loan.

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Photo: Municipalities like Hoboken, New Jersey, and New York City, both pictured here, could face higher interest rates on bonds if they fail to prepare for climate impacts. JEFFREY VOCK PHOTOGRAPHY / WIKIMEDIA

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