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Archives: July 2009

Solar Market Yet to Hit Rock Bottom

Posted by: Mark Scott on July 28

More evidence the solar market has yet to bottom out. According to researcher iSuppli, inventories across the industry -- from polysilicon to solar modules to wafers – rose 64% in...

Airlines Face $1.6 Billion Carbon Charge

Posted by: Mark Scott on July 27

Estimates for carbon prices are notoriously hard to nail down. Markets fluctuate, so any figure could soon be out of date. With that in mind, though, consultants Point Carbon and...

Is Europe Right to Reject Carbon Tariffs?

Posted by: Mark Scott on July 27

It's not every day Europe gives the U.S. lessons on free trade. But when it comes to climate change, that's exactly what's happening. Last week, European politicians rejected plans to...

OfficeMax Calls Delivery Cutbacks a "Green" Initiative

Posted by: John Carey on July 24

Companies have come up with many reasons for cutbacks in service. Saving money. Reducing the need for layoffs. Boosting efficiency. But here’s a justification rarely heard: Spinning the cutbacks as...

25 to watch: Cleantech startups in solar, biofuels smart grid, and more

Posted by: Adam Aston on July 23

Heads up if you missed it. In partnership with, BusinessWeek surveyed the land of energy startups and discovered that -- despite the great recession and despite the ongoing credit...

Nike goes for greener leather, stops buying Amazon hides

Posted by: Adam Aston on July 22

How do those new kicks hurt the environment? Well, shoes are often made from leather. And creating the grazing pasture for the cows that provide that leather is the chief...

US renewable electricity generation hits 13% in April

Posted by: Adam Aston on July 21

The folks over at the Sun Day Campaign have fished out some surprising data from the latest figures on U.S. electricity generation. For April total generation from green sources hit...

Carbon markets hit a milestone: US offsets trading eclipses international markets

Posted by: Adam Aston on July 21

US carbon markets hit a milestone recently. New Energy Finance reports that the volume of carbon credits traded among a group of Eastern states exceeded the volume of credits traded...

China gets cleantech, India does not and both say no to carbon limits

Posted by: Adam Aston on July 20

In the past week, US officials have trekked to both China and India to highlight green technologies taking root in these fast-growing economies. If Obama hopes to get the climate...

The Costs of Capturing Carbon

Posted by: John Carey on July 20

Perhaps the biggest single question in the climate debate is how much it will cost to capture the carbon dioxide given off by power plants, especially coal power plants. Some...

U.S. Climate Change Envoy: Post-Kyoto Talks 'Inadequate'

Posted by: Mark Scott on July 14

A politician that tells the truth is like a dog that can talk -- a very rare breed. Yet in a moment of candor, Jonathan Pershing, U.S. deputy special envoy...


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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