Business & Technology

Amtrak ridership up as icy hand of budgetary death stays its touch yet again

More Americans than ever are riding Amtrak, a 49 percent increase over 2000.

Amazon starts up site for green products, does not claim it will solve the world’s problems

When we're going to buy stuff, we want it to be as planet- and human-friendly as possible. But we don't want to be told to pat ourselves on the back just because we bought something made from bamboo.

Insurer: Hey, these climate-related disasters are getting expensive

Apparently the best way to get people to care about the changing climate is to make it cost them money.

Guess how many times the House voted for fossil fuels and against clean energy

Hint: a lot. A new report spells out the dirty details.

Watch live as a guy freefalls from space

Felix Baumgartner is jumping out of a balloon in the stratosphere, and skydiving all the way to Earth.

Youngstown, Ohio, could turn to fracking to clean up mess left by steel industry

The city's effort to remove abandoned properties has run out of money. So to raise cash, it's considering a return to dirty industry.

Comically evil coal honcho could face investigations into fundraising trickery

Robert Murray, who has coerced employees into being in a Romney ad and donating to Republicans, could be investigated for potential lawbreaking.

Yes, coal is dying, but no, EPA is not the main culprit

A Christian Science Monitor headline claims that EPA regulations are squelching coal companies. Not so: David Roberts explains what's really snuffing out the industry.

BP sells disaster site to pay bills from another disaster

BP is selling its refinery in Texas where an explosion killed 15 people in 2005. The money will go to clean up the Deepwater Horizon mess. The big wheel of life keeps turning.