Business & Technology

Stand by me

Farmers markets growing like weeds around country

The USDA announced that there are now 6,132 farmers markets in the country, up a stunning 214 percent since 2000. But direct sales still represent just a tiny drop in the U.S. food bucket.

Insulate, baby, insulate

Report: Energy efficiency can save oil, avoid dangerous drilling

Retrofitting houses to run on cleaner fuel and make them more energy efficient could save as much oil as would be spilled in two Deepwater Horizon disasters a month. So says a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation.

Partying like it's 2008

Green tech investment surges even as economy lags

In the midst of an otherwise anemic economic recovery, investment in renewable energy continues to surge.

chamber plot

Chamber of Commerce goes after climate dissenters in its ranks

A split over climate policy is brewing within the US Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is already working behind the scenes to discredit the new group

Let the iPhone Save the Planet

About three years ago, I sat next to a man on a plane who was watching “Pirates of the Caribbean” on his iPod. I couldn’t imagine it being much fun, although the special effects probably looked more realistic on a viewer that defied serious scrutiny than on something like an Imax screen. Ever since then, I have noticed that Apple delivers many familiar products and services in formats that are much lower in carbon content than the ones they replace – – and might even be able to deliver an app that one day saves the entire planet from the …

Flying Energy Generators: maybe the next big thing.

Because it has been documented that today’s technology could replace all or most fossil fuel consumption with renewable sources[1], the most important focus for writing on technical solutions to the climate crisis is what can be done today. There is too much yammering about “innovation”, and not enough attention paid to mature conservation, efficiency and renewable technology we already know how to build, and simply need to deploy. But that does not mean potential technical breakthroughs are unimportant. While conservation and efficiency that save energy are cheaper than today’s fossil fuels, renewable sources of heat and electricity are mostly more …

Getting trucked over

Mammoth trucks en route to Canada’s tar sands threaten Montana

Imperial Oil has contracted to transport giant machines from South Korea through Idaho and Montana to Canada’s Athabaskan tar-sands project in Alberta

BETTER FEDS THAN DEAD

EPA takes center stage on climate action, gears up to battle Big Coal

Cap-and-trade's death means any federal effort to limit emissions rests with the EPA. Not shockingly, EPA has become the whipping boy of politicians.

FRIDAY FLASHBACK

Gigantic wind turbines, flush power, biodegradable coffins, and 7 more tales of green

There's an oil spill in Michigan and the energy bill's now a slip of a thing, but a lot of other stuff happened in recent days that didn't grab big headlines. Here are 10 stories from the greenosphere that you might have missed.

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