Business & Technology


'Bio-based': organic’s sketchy new cousin

Will the USDA's new "bio-based" label, for products made with renewable ingredients, actually just enable greenwashing?

Nobel idea

Investment is win-win for global economy and climate, Stiglitz argues

Following John Maynard Keynes, Joseph Stiglitz proposes solutions that would heal the economy and the environment in one fell swoop.

Chamber of Secrets

In profound denial, Chamber of Commerce lectures on 'energy reality'

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce dug further into global warming denial, attacking Barack Obama's State of the Union and clean energy goals.

We don't need no education

Close the public schools — that's the answer to our deficit problems

Every state in the US is struggling with huge budget deficits -- over $20 billion in California and Texas. Here's a solution: Close all public schools

GMO job

In a stunning reversal, USDA chief Vilsack greenlights Monsanto’s alfalfa

After weeks of hinting that the USDA would restrict planting of GMO alfalfa to protect organic growers, the USDA chief jarringly reversed course, giving Monsanto's latest seed a full green light. I guess it's all …

Hedge their bets fund

ConocoPhillips, NRG, GE to put $300 million in new energy technologies

Even corporations with vested interests in the existing energy infrastructure are hedging their bets by investing in emerging technologies.


What’s a benefit corporation? And why should you shop there?

Benefit corporations are a sort of magic nonprofit and for-profit hybrid of social responsibility.

On the rails again

We need trains to 'win the future' — so get over that deficit hysteria

High-speed rail does not materialize with the snap of a finger or the uttering of inspiring words in a State of the Union speech. It costs public money.


Chinese solar company scores with German soccer team sponsorship

Yingli Green Energy is getting into the world's game by sponsoring FC Bayern Munich, one of the biggest teams in soccer.