Business & Technology

Map shows avalanche of cellulosic ethanol projects on the way

In the battle between food and fuel, cellulosic ethanol might not be a great idea or even a viable solution to our energy woes, but enzyme company Novozymes says it's coming, regardless.

Why all promises to make gas significantly cheaper are fantasies

Unless the world economy crashes or intercessory prayer starts working, no one on the planet has the power to significantly lower the price of gasoline at the pump.

Suck it, Gingrich, you CAN put a gun rack on a Chevy Volt

At a campaign event in Georgia, Newt Gingrich told supporters that he would maaaaaagically lower gas prices because “you can’t put a gun rack on a Volt.” Shows what the hell he knows.

In Germany, solar will be as cheap as conventional electricity by 2013

"Grid parity" has arrived in parts of sunny California and Hawaii, and it's coming to (not-so-sunny) Germany by 2013.

Ask Umbra: What’s the greenest business card?

A reader wonders how to network sustainably. Umbra consults the cards.

The Economist uses stale right-wing ideas to attack government regulation

The magazine has published a series on "Over-regulated America" that does nothing but contradict itself and repackage false claims about the costs of protective regulation.

Kazakhstan, Mongolia to rescue us from China’s rare earths monopoly

Germany just signed agreements with Kazakhstan and Mongolia to mine rare earths in those countries, in an effort to break China's monopoly over these 17 elements.

Fair Trade gasoline

You know where your coffee beans come from -- so why not your gasoline? Did your $3.50 a gallon go to prop up our tar-sands-addicted frenemies in Canada?

This guy invented a manure-powered car … in 1971

According to this 1971 article from Mother Earth News, British chicken farmer Harold Bate invented a car that runs on animal droppings 40 years ago. Why the hell are we still using oil? Bate invented a converter that reportedly recycles …