Business & Technology

Business & Technology

Coal companies routinely win ‘competitive bids’ against no competition

These government-run auctions have cost taxpayers almost a billion dollars a year over the past three decades.

Green Jobs

Fight poverty. End fossil fuel subsidies

Our leaders in Rio must agree to stop propping up polluting industries, and instead invest in the kind of green economy that creates a pathway out of poverty.

Animals

Finally, a good use for drones: Catching poachers

Conservationists are taking a page from the U.S. government in the fight against poaching — they’re sending in the drones. Already in use in Indonesia and soon to be in the air in Nepal, the drones can monitor protected areas …

Cleantech

Here’s a fuel cell that runs on brain juice

Whatever, Google Glasses; I’m holding out for the Google brain implant. And that just got a little more plausible, thanks to new technology for fuel cells that run off of blood sugar. In theory, if you popped one of these babies …

Green Cars

Electric cars: A shopper’s cheat sheet

There are plenty of EV models to choose from these days, which makes for a complicated decision. Here's a table with basic stats on the major electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

Green Jobs

Bus-ted: Romney takes anti-clean energy stance to six states with 418k green jobs

Mitt Romney begins a bus tour today across six states where green jobs are far from illusory.

Business & Technology

Smarter than a Smart car: A Smart e-bike

Quick, what’s smarter and cuter and more awesome than a Smart car? We’re going to go with a Smart bike, the tiny car’s even-tinier electric bike sibling. The bike’s won all kinds of design awards, and it’s no surprise. It …

Business & Technology

Swarms of robots could replace tractors on farms

Most farm machinery right now consists of huge machines. But in the future, farm machinery could be “a swarm of planting, tending, and harvesting robots running game theory and swarm behavior algorithms to help optimize every inch of arable space …

Business & Technology

Crowdsourced solar gets a nod — and a check — from the Department of Energy

Oakland's Solar Mosaic received a grant of up to $2 million to bring it's crowdsourced solar installation model to scale.