Business & Technology

LEGO buys $500 million worth of wind turbines

The world's third-largest toy manufacturer is going to be putting "made with wind power" labels on all those boxes of LEGOs, and not just because they bought their power from utilities with wind turbines.

The best of the U.S. Army’s ‘Going Green’ Pinterest

Who says Pinterest is just for fashion and cupcakes?

One Million Lights trades kerosene for solar in developing countries

For kids in developing countries, it’s crucial to have a reliable light source — otherwise you can’t see to read or do your homework. But many homes and villages don’t have electric light, and the cheapest alternative — kerosene — …

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U.S. gangs up with Saudi Arabia to crush European climate initiative

All the world's countries love to talk piously about the need to address climate change. What happens if someone goes beyond talk to action? If the E.U.'s aviation program is any indication, it ain't pretty.

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.