Business & Technology

A sluggish start for California carbon auctions?

The first sale of emissions credits under California's cap-and-trade program raised $286 million, but officials say money's not the goal here.

World superpowers are about to get a brand new coast

The broad, open ocean of the brand new North Coast has lots of governments and companies already planning for the economic and strategic possibilities.

Shell, BP join dozens of companies expressing support of carbon pricing

International corporations call for a carbon tax or another form of carbon pricing; Barack Obama laughs.

Greatly increased greenhouse gas emissions found at Australian fracking site

The source of the leaks isn't known, but it's enough to make scientists nervous.

Used electric-car batteries could end blackouts

It's hard enough to recycle the batteries that power tiny devices. What do you do with those ginormous batteries that store a car's power?

Good news for nostalgists: The debate over the Keystone pipeline has returned

With new protests at the White House and new pressure from the Senate, President Obama will soon make a final decision on the tar-sands pipeline.

Abusive slaughterhouse fined $500 million in massive meat-recall case

A company that tortured sick cows and sold their meat has been fined, but the feds still think the activists who revealed the abuse are terrorists.

Green progress in California could help the poor

Some of the money from the state's new cap-and-trade auctions will go to needy communities, thanks to a recently passed law.

The wind industry doesn’t seem to know how to win the most important fight of its life

With the clock ticking on a critical tax credit for wind power, the industry is keeping its fingers crossed.