Business & Technology

Business & Technology

Carbon-eating paint could clean air and strengthen buildings

Okay, now this one really sounds fake: Scientists are working on a carbon-eating paint, which would be capable of turning emissions into limestone. In other words, it would let buildings eat carbon and then use that fuel to grow, like …

Smart Grid

China pours money into smart grid technology

Cross-posted from Center for American Progress. There is no way to get around this fact — China aims to modernize its energy infrastructure at home and dominate clean energy technology markets abroad. At the 2011 Smart Grid World Forum in …

Business & Technology

Solar airship is most efficient way to fly, ever

How can you carry huge amounts of cargo thousands of miles with no fuel and no infrastructure? By combining an airship with an airplane, of course. The resulting wing-shaped blimp requires less helium than a conventional dirigible, but has a …

Business & Technology

Why are all the ‘most efficient states’ blue states?

    This year's list of the top 10 most energy-efficient states looks an awful lot like the map of red and blue states from the 2008 election. (Data were compiled by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.) We're …

Business & Technology

Solyndra, schmolyndra: The Obama administration’s hit rate is better than the private market’s

Making loans is a tricky business — sometimes you bet on the wrong horse. For example, there's the Obama administration, which doled out 1.4 percent of its Recovery Act cleantech investments to failed solar company Solyndra, in a move that …

7 Billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series

Who you gonna call? GrowthBusters! [VIDEO]

The new documentary "GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth" explores why our economy and footprint and population can't keep on expanding forever.

Cleantech

The facts on Fisker: The media’s latest faux scandal

Having exhausted the Solyndra faux scandal, the media is now trying to gin up another one, casting suspicion on a Department of Energy loan to Fisker Automotive for the production of electric cars. The facts, needless to say, do not …

Business & Technology

Electric vehicles improve fuel economy even if people don’t buy them

The first version of a radical new technology always gets off to a slow start -- remember what they said about the first iPhone? -- and so it is with the all-electric Nissan Leaf and plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt. Yet …

Business & Technology

California adopts nation's first state cap-and-trade program

In what the L.A. Times calls "landmark" legislation, on Thursday California became the first state in the nation to adopt a classic cap-and-trade system for regulating greenhouse-gas emissions. Cap-and-trade is the centerpiece of AB 32, California's historic climate change law that …