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Archives: February 2008

Green Jobs and the Future

Posted by: Heather Green on February 27

It's a good night for the green economy when two presidential hopefuls list creating green jobs as a key part of their proposals for economic growth. Both Clinton and Obama...

EPA Administrator on the Hot Seat

Posted by: John Carey on February 26

The Senate today released documents showing how EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson bucked the scientific and legal experts on his staff when he denied California’s request for tighter auto emissions...

Burmese pythons head for the Jersey shore

Posted by: Adam Aston on February 26

Climate change is already forcing polar bears south and triggering bird migrations earlier than ever. Now the US Geological Survey reports that that Burmese pythons are spreading through the...

Bitter news for wine makers

Posted by: Adam Aston on February 25

For many great wine growing regions, a warming planet doesn't mean a sudden end of production, but we may see a slow degradation of wine quality as vineyards overheat, dry...

Are solar photovoltaics just too costly?

Posted by: Adam Aston on February 23

First, biofuels were dealt a body blow. A pair of recent studies pointed out that practically any crop -– whether corn, sugar, or oil bearing plants -– grown on newly...

Haagen-Dazs Speaking Out About Bee Disaster

Posted by: Heather Green on February 22

(Photo from Aussigall) The tragedy of the bees can seem like something happening in the vacuum of scientific study. Which is why I think it's important when companies like...

Arizona's Day in the Sun

Posted by: John Carey on February 21

The past year has brought a remarkable resurgence of an old idea -- using mirrors to harness the heat of the sun to generate power. Such so-called concentrating solar power...

The trouble with toxic TVs

Posted by: Adam Aston on February 15

As TV makers continue their march toward an all flat-panel future, they’re leaving a growing pile of toxic trash in their wake. With more households upgrading to sleek thin panel...

Smart Investors Get it Right with Planktos

Posted by: Heather Green on February 14

The NYTimes has a story explaining that Planktos, the company that wants to create carbon offsets it could sell by dumping iron dust in the ocean, can't scrape together the...

Create Your Own Power

Posted by: John Carey on February 13

Here's an interesting potential source of electricity -- people power. Think about it. People move around a lot during the day, whether it's walking, fidgeting, gesticulating, or doing something...

Producing Ethanol with "A Dumb Iron" Approach

Posted by: John Carey on February 12

There has been a flood of stories on two new studies showing that many biofuels are worse for the climate than fossil fuels. That’s because “there are immense amounts of...

BusinessWeek Green Design Special Report

Posted by: Heather Green on February 12

BW has a slew of articles online about green design, a veritable special report. We have stories about: + America's Green Policy Vacuum, a story arguing that the U.S. risks...

Are recessions good for the enviroment?

Posted by: Adam Aston on February 12

There's a lively rivalry boiling over at Lloyd Alter posted a tongue-in-cheek riff on how the economic slowdown could help the environment. Think about it: from goods like iPods...

First "production" Tesla rolls in

Posted by: Adam Aston on February 12

Catching up on news from other green blogs I see that last week, over at, the lads got special access to the arrival of the first "production" models...

Managing nature, or not, at the National Elk Refuge

Posted by: Adam Aston on February 11

Last week, after a couple of days of skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, some friends and I decided to take a day off. We drove a few miles out...

Are biofuels doing more harm than good?

Posted by: Adam Aston on February 09

Finding substitutes for fossil fuels is a central strategy for most nations trying to slow global warming. Yet in a stunning setback for the burgeoning biofuels industry, a pair of...

Big coal's very bad week

Posted by: Adam Aston on February 08

Is it possible that coal power is headed for extinction? In the past week, coal’s future as a cheap, plentiful source of power was dealt a one-two-three punch by the...


BusinessWeek correspondents John Carey and Mark Scott, cover the green scene, keeping on top of the business aspects of energy, the environment and climate change, as well as the technologies, policies, markets and people that are shaping how the earth's resources will be used in the century ahead.

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