Kermit was way ahead of his time. Today, more than ever, it’s not easy being green.

Climate change talks in Copenhagen late last year were widely considered a flop, but that hasn’t dampened investors’ enthusiasm. Data from research shop Morningstar Inc. [MORN] indicates that green mutual finds and exchange-traded funds had $4.5 billion of net inflows in the past three years and $6.5 billion in the past five years. Adding more fuel to the issue, the SEC last month said it would issue guidance to companies on how they should disclose risks related to climate change.

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