Business & Technology

Election 2012

Buzzword decoder: Your election-year guide to environmental catchphrases

Democrats like talking about "Big Oil" and "clean energy." Republicans favor "Solyndra" and "Keystone." No one's into "climate change."


Will old-school green groups sleep through the Earth Summit?

Twenty years ago, major U.S. environmental groups helped rally support for the Earth Summit in Rio. Today, they can hardly be bothered with it.

Business & Technology

Walmart heirs quietly fund Walmart’s environmental allies

The Walton Family Foundation has become one of the largest environmental grantmakers in the U.S. -- and it's steering its money to groups that play nice with Walmart.

Green Cars

What car should my family buy?

It's time to retire the trusty Roberts family minivan. What should replace it? A Prius v? The Ford C-Max hybrid?

Green Jobs

Don’t call me an environmentalist

The environmental movement’s approval ratings are going down the tubes, even as more Americans profess to live greener lifestyles. Here’s what’s up.


Fighting coal export terminals: It matters

The fate of the U.S. coal industry hinges on its ability to increase exports to China and India. If activists can quash coal export terminals, they can hobble the coal industry.

Fossil Fuels

Apple’s dirty energy supplier: ‘Nothing to see here’

Duke Energy, which supplies power to an Apple data center in North Carolina, pulled a paper from its website that bragged about Apple’s energy-guzzling ways.

Sustainable Business

Budget-friendly hotel chains also have the smallest carbon footprints

When choosing an environmentally friendly hotel chain, the best indicator probably isn’t whether the place asks you to hang up your towels if you don’t want them replaced each day. According to a new analysis [PDF] by sustainability company Brighter …

Energy Policy

We’re half-assing the clean-energy transition

We're not moving fast enough to fight off catastrophic climate change, according to a new report from the IEA. What will it cost to really get going? A good chunk in the short term and negative dollars in the long …