Business & Technology

Greece is the word

California solar startup in Greek power plant deal

A U.S. company shows it can compete in the European solar market by landing a deal on the sunny island of Crete.

No thanks to Tom Hanks

'Cracking the Carbon Code' — Can the movie be far behind?

Here it comes -- a shameless self-promotion for my new book, Cracking the Carbon Code: The Key to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy.

The color of money

California green job growth outstrips tired old brown economy

Many of these new green jobs are in traditional occupations that have now taken on an emerald tinge as they're applied to sustainable endeavors.

thar she blows

Windmade is the next Fair Trade, gets backers like LEGO

By December of this year, the next box of Legos you buy could be stamped "made with 100% Wind Power." Subsequently, countless other goods you buy could bear the Windmade stamp, which -- like Fair Trade, Organic, Recycled, etc. -- is competing to become one more differentiator for goods made with sustainability in mind.

Label libel

Food industry FAIL: Foods promoted as healthy for kids — surprise! — are mostly not

A new study released today by the Prevention Institute should represent the final nail in the coffin of food industry self-regulation. Out of 50 products claimed to be good for kids, 84 percent flunk basic nutritional standards.

SHOP LIKE AN EGYPTIAN

Walmart, KFC, and others fight over Africa’s new middle class

Despite widespread poverty, Africa's middle class is now bigger than India's ... which hasn't escaped the likes of Walmart, KFC, and Nestle.

Darjeeling, limited

Reading the tea leaves for the future of the global food trade

Does your tea habit promote deforestation, soil erosion, gushers of pesticides, and poverty wages? Probably -- even if it's Fair Trade, I'm sorry to say. But it doesn't have to.

Eastern sun

California's solar power increasingly Chinese made

The Chinese are moving quickly to fill the photovoltaic market created by the California Solar Initiative.

Right on the money

In his Wall Street Journal op-ed, Obama moves to the right on regulation

In today's Wall Street Journal, President Obama embraces a conservative frame for the coming discussion about the role of regulation.