Business & Technology


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.

Small change

Millennials not looking for McMansions (unless they have to move back in with the parents)

Will Generation Y choose to live in smaller spaces and more walkable communities than their parents did?

How to spell "BP"

Did we learn anything from the BP oil spill?

The National Oil Spill Commission has given marching orders on how to prevent another disaster. But will Congress listen?

Buying the PV farm

Report: Big solar thermal power's days are numbered

Competition from ever-cheaper photovoltaic panels could cool demand for solar thermal.

The quarter-trillion-dollar opportunity

Global investment in green energy hit record in 2010

Venture capitalists, corporations, and governments worldwide pouring $243 billion into wind farms, solar power, electric cars, and other technologies.

Growing electrons

California utility signs 831-megawatt photovoltaic farms deal

Seven new solar farms would have the capacity at peak output to power more than 540,000 homes.