Business & Technology

Northern exposure

Seattle and Oslo companies form venture to build solar farms

When you think of solar powerhouses, Seattle and Oslo do not exactly come to mind, what with their often-gray skies and location in the northern latitudes. But both have been a hotbed of green tech innovation. Now, two solar companies from those cities have created a joint venture.

Blast off

China widens gap with U.S. in green energy race

Energy Secretary Steven Chu warned China was investing billions in renewables while our politicians fought over the stimulus. A Ernst & Young report confirmed Asia's ascendancy.


Worldchanging’s bright green contribution

The site recognized, before much of the environmental movement did, that cities are hotbeds of innovation, leadership, and people who have internalized a sustainability ethic.

keep on pushin'

Beware of drug pushers in Cancun

Beneath so much apparent agreement in Cancun lies the real truth -- some of its loudest delegates also those pushing for dirty coal.

elevated parking

The most secure bike lock in the world (16-second video)

The drawbacks seem to be (1) it looks a little heavy to carry around and (2) if I were a bike thief, I can't imagine a challenge more fun to take on than stealing a bike suspended 20 feet in the air in broad daylight.

Greenpeace Sues Dow, Sasol, Dezenhall for Corporate Spying, RICO

Today, Greenpeace filed a lawsuit against Dow Chemical, Sasol North America (which owns CONDEA Vista), and PR firms Dezenhall Resources and Ketchum, for hiring private …

Cracking the safe

[UPDATED:] Risk, bacteria, and the tragedy of food-safety reform

Senate food-safety bill S. 510 doesn't address the big underlying problem: the hazard that comes from huge, concentrated factory farms.

Pulling the plug

Sunsetting of federal cash grant darkens solar industry's prospects

Unless Congress acts soon, renewable energy advocates will bid auld lang syne to a major federal cash grant program for big solar and wind projects.

Photovoltaic powerhouse

Is Texas the next solar state?

Despite Texas' intense sunshine and sky-high air-conditioning bills, it has lagged behind when it comes to solar power. But that could be changing.