Business & Technology

The poverty solution: Put people first

Costa Rica modernized without wrecking the environment. Here’s how.

Not every route to prosperity involves trashing the planet.

The way way forward machine

Google’s self-driving car project is now a company named Waymo.

But don't expect to be chugging Mad Dog in the driver's seat anytime soon.

Dirty Dancing

Rick Perry once said he would eliminate the Department of Energy. Now he will run it.

Texas political insiders call him "Bush without the brains."

Tar wars

ExxonMobil has doubled down on dirty tar-sands oil.

The company has invested billions in Canadian tar-sands reserves even though extracting the oil would wreak havoc on the climate.

AirBnBias

Can Airbnb keep its users from discriminating against each other?

Sharing our resources is one piece of a more sustainable future -- if we can share fairly.

Burn baby burn

Portland, Oregon’s electric utility wants to burn wood instead of coal, which is a terrible idea.

Biomass plants emit even more carbon dioxide than coal plants.

Gates crashers

Bill Gates and a few super-rich pals are going to pump $1 billion into cleaner energy tech.

They've just launched a venture capital fund dedicated to fighting climate change (and, ideally, making money).

Rex marks the blot

The ExxonMobil CEO’s views on climate change are … complicated.

Rex Tillerson, likely nominee for secretary of state, is more progressive on climate than Donald Trump, but that's not saying much.

Conscious decoupling

Thirty-three states (and D.C.) are cutting CO2 all the way to the bank.

The decoupling of economic growth from CO2 emissions shows that it is indeed possible to cut pollution without harming the economy.