Business & Technology

Photovoltaic finish

California approves more Big Solar projects

The California Energy Commission on Wednesday approved two more big solar thermal power plants, ending the year having green-lighted a total of nine projects that would generate 4,142.5 megawatts if all were built.

Reap what you sow, jerks

Smithfield caught on tape abusing mama pigs

The Humane Society managed to sneak an inspector into a vast Smithfield hog breeding factory. You'll never guess what the pork giant gets up to behind its famously well-guarded doors.

NRG's solar shopping spree

Fossil fuel giant is betting on a bright future in solar

National climate change legislation may be dead as global warming skeptics take power in Congress. But if you want to see where some big businesses think the future of energy lies, pay attention to NRG …

Reclaimed floors are so 1990s

U.K. chef goes from zero-waste restaurants to affordable co-op supermarket [VIDEO]

When restaurants brag about how green they are, they've usually just switched to compostable takeout containers. But to chef Arthur Potts Dawson, that isn't enough.

Socialized driving

Making car-sharing a carbon-sharing service

The internet has brought us peer-to-peer music sharing and peer-to-peer lending. Now get ready for peer-to-peer car sharing.

Kristianstad + Cancun = A New Economy

Nearly 200 nations made modest advances in Cancun, Mexico last week towards a new agreement on tackling carbon pollution and modernizing global economies. The incremental progress obscures a bigger question – – can any set …

So car so good

Helping Chinese consumers buy sustainable cars

A new website,, rates cars on efficiency and sustainability -- info that's never before been readily available in China.

Holy smoking bee gun, Batman!

Leaked document shows EPA allowed bee-toxic pesticide despite own scientists’ red flags

An internal EPA memo leaked Wednesday shows that the agency has been ignoring warnings from its own scientists about the possible pollinator-killing side effects of clothianidin, a Bayer pesticide the EPA approved for widespread use …

the ass is always greener

Sex: the next ethical industry?

Few sectors rival the global economic importance of sex, but so far sustainability professionals have left it completely untouched.