Business & Technology

Hint: Inflatable wind turbines

GE names first winners of $200 million Ecomagination Challenge

Windows that darken to keep out summer heat are among the innovations from green-tech entrepreneurs scoring big bucks from GE.

Better innovate than never

Climate action plan: Innovate first, regulate later

Technology policy -- not carbon caps -- is our best hope for fighting climate change.

Are phone books a right?

Yellow Page publishers sue Seattle

As promised, Yellow Page publishers have sued to overturn a law in Seattle that lets people opt out of receiving paper phone books.

PLAYING THE GREEN

Can professional sports do more than politics to save the planet?

Pro sports teams are greening stadiums, forging corporate partnerships with green themes, and encouraging sustainable practices among fans.

Kids these days

Young greens, old greens, and cities

San Francisco Chronicle columnist John King has a smart piece on the "generation gap" between old-school environmentalists suspicious of urban development and younger greens who see density as essential.

Focus on the future

Ford's first all-electric car to be sold in 20 cities in 2011

Bummed you don't live in a city that will get the Nissan Leaf or the Chevrolet Volt next month? Wait another year and the electric Ford Focus will roll into town.

The Volt gets a charge

GE hits the electric car showroom

General Electric has committed to buying 25,000 electric vehicles for corporate use. Will other multinationals follow suit?

look on the bright side

Advice for a carbon-powered Congress

At least three oracles offer a different vision for our carbon-powered Congress to follow that may result in more jobs and a faster economic recovery.

Bottoms up

China's top-down energy gigantism and a bottom-up American alternative

Instead of envying China for leading on coal plant research, why not focus on what the U.S. does well -- distributed, bottom-up, human-scale innovation?