Business & Technology

Native sun

Native American group sues to block California's big solar projects

If 2010 was the year of big solar projects, 2011 is shaping up to be the year of big solar litigation. A Native American group has sued to block construction of six huge solar thermal power plants.

Thinking ahead

IBM heads to Rio with its Smarter Cities program

IBM has partnered with Rio de Janeiro to create an operations center that will give the Brazilian city's emergency-management team access to a vast array of data.

some of them want to be used by you

'Collaborative consumption' can put your underused stuff to work [VIDEO]

Rachel Botsman, coauthor of a book on collaborative consumption, details a 21st century economy rising up to take advantage of all our unused stuff.

As the caulk crows

Energy efficiency: the unsung hero of our times

As our economy continues to sputter, one little-noticed industry has been booming for a while now: energy efficiency.

A lot better than a lump of coal

Carbon accountants stand to profit from EPA plan to regulate emissions

For a host of startups that make software to manage corporate carbon emissions, the EPA action is a holiday gift that will keep on giving year-round.

‘Tis the season to manufacture

Why 'Made in America' is the gift that keeps on giving

We offer here our "holiday wish list" for American workers to preserve an innovation-led economy that makes stuff and creates good jobs here at home.

Put your money where your metro is

Will we make the needed investment in the nation's cities?

The nation's metro areas could be centers of innovation, green jobs, and low-carbon technology. So why do we treat them like stepchildren?

Solar City

Blue-collar desert town goes green

Lancaster, Calif., has embarked on a program to solarize the community -- and that includes the home ballpark of the minor-league Lancaster JayHawks.

follow the money

Reducing (massive) fossil-fuel subsidies as key as carbon price in the climate fight

In a low-key way, the last few days at the Cancun climate talks accomplished more than I have seen at a climate meeting for some time.