Business & Technology

Climate & Energy

No Keystone XL? Big Oil will just take the train

Thanks to anti-pipeline activism and a North American oil boom, more crude is being transported by rail.

Climate & Energy

As another coal mine closes, the government says to expect more closures in the future

And even pie-in-the-sky ideas like carbon capture won't turn the trend around.

Politics

Potential secretary of state candidate Susan Rice faces questions over TransCanada investments

OnEarth magazine uncovered large financial ties between Rice and businesses with a stake in Keystone XL. Does it matter?

Climate & Energy

Solar panels are getting cheaper — time to make the rest of solar power cheap, too

Solar PV prices continue to decline, but pushing solar power forward in coming years must involve driving down non-panel costs -- installation, maintenance, financing, etc. We need market innovation.

Climate & Energy

Fracking may release less methane than thought

Researchers at MIT say fracking doesn't result in much more methane emission than standard natural-gas drilling. If accurate, it's potentially good news for the climate.

Business & Technology

Hooray: Obama administration sells more drilling plots in the Gulf

Congratulations to all involved.

Business & Technology

Massey coal exec pleads guilty to conspiracy related to fatal 2010 mine explosion

It looks like investigators' next target might be former Massey CEO Don Blankenship, a notoriously bad dude.

Business & Technology

Cambridge scholars will study how robots are going to kill us all

Professional smart people who get paid to think about the future are exploring what they see as the rather plausible idea that robots will wipe us out.

Business & Technology

Putting wireless devices in cows’ stomachs could stop them from burping methane

These are our choices, basically. Cyborg-like cows, or eating much less meat and dairy.