Business & Technology

As U.S. oil booms and refineries hum, why do we need a pipeline from Canada again?

Refineries are making money. Pipelines are being built. The U.S. oil industry is fiddling a fine tune as the climate burns.

Guess where all of our new energy came from last month? (Hint: Not coal)

At this rate, we'll be renewable-only just a few short decades after we're all dead!

Liquid metal battery inventor goes on Colbert, still manages to teach us some stuff

Donald Sadoway, MIT materials science professor and inventor of a new liquid metal battery that could revolutionize energy storage, went on Stephen Colbert’s show last night. The segment wasn’t all that funny, per se, but it was surprisingly informative — …

Americans spend $4.2 billion a year on gluten-free products

And spend absolutely nothing on free products. (See what I did there?)

By next year, you could go to work in a building powered by algae

It is literally a green building.

California’s biggest climate hawk comes under fire

A tight state senate race in California between long-time climate champion Sen. Fran Pavley and Republican Todd Zink has major significance for clean energy far beyond that state's borders.

Levi’s is making jeans out of plastic bottles

Levi's is making a new kind of jeans out of 20 percent recycled material. We hope they are as cool and comfortable as regular Levi's.

Ikea aims to go way green by 2020

Ikea plans to get 100 percent of its power from clean sources by 2020, part of a new sustainability plan backed by a $2.4 billion investment.

How U.S. cities rank for cleantech (congrats, San Jose!)

A new index ranks U.S. cities by leadership in cleantech -- and San Jose, Calif., leads the pack. The West Coast and Northeast dominate, but other regional clusters are coming on strong.