Business & Technology

Politics

California teams up with Amtrak on high-speed rail

Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority are joining together to purchase about 60 high-speed trains over the next 10 years.

Business & Technology

Another Massey executive will go to jail for his role in the Upper Big Branch explosion

Former mine superintendent Gary May told a worker to deactivate an alarm shortly before the blast.

Food

European agency declares popular pesticide too dangerous for bees

The world's most widely used insecticide is unacceptable for use around bees, says a new report from Europe's food safety agency.

Climate & Energy

Keystone will be even worse for the climate than you thought, says futile new report

Petroleum coke, a byproduct of the tar-sands process, is worse for the climate than coal, says a report that's not likely to change anyone's mind.

Business & Technology

The sharing economy wants to play with the big kids — is it ready?

Can companies like Airbnb survive in a hostile regulatory environment -- or even rewrite the rules? Maybe, but only if they're honest about what they're doing.

Food

Coke ‘joins’ the anti-obesity fight — will fast food take note?

New research links frequent fast-food consumption to the worldwide allergy epidemic. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola is on the offensive with a new anti-obesity campaign.

Climate & Energy

How are we doing on energy efficiency?

Utility spending on energy-efficiency programs is poised to double by 2025, assuming no policy changes. That's not nearly enough.

Business & Technology

This robot can turn your plastic garbage into raw material for 3D printers

A cute new machine recycles plastic into filament for 3D printers. You should get one. When they actually are available, which will happen, uh, soon.

Politics

Washington’s brand-new governor, Jay Inslee, wastes no time promoting clean energy

Inslee's first act as governor was to write the head of a clean energy company and invite that company to move to Washington state.