Marketplace Headlines: Sustainability

Marketplace Headlines: Sustainability

  • Solar grows, with government help

    Apr 18, 2014 | 3 min
    Despite some failures, solar is growing into a big industry.
  • Solar grows, with government help

    Apr 18, 2014 | 4 min
    Despite some failures, solar is growing into a big industry.
  • What happens when there are billion mouths to feed

    Apr 16, 2014 | 4 min
    This month's National Geographic explores why 2 billion extra mouths could mean disaster.
  • Attack of the shrimp (prices)

    Apr 16, 2014 | 2 min
    A bacterial infection is roiling through shrimp farms in Southeast Asia.
  • Beer: Saving a town from drought

    Apr 15, 2014 | 5 min
    A brewery steps in when a town's given a grave diagnosis.
  • Global warming: 15 years to change things...

    Apr 15, 2014 | 3 min
    ...or else, says The U.N.’s climate panel.
  • Wal-Mart: Everday low (organic?) prices

    Apr 11, 2014 | 3 min
    Wal-Mart is challenging stores like Whole Foods with a new line of cheaper organic foods.
  • When the coal layoffs trickle down

    Apr 11, 2014 | 3 min
    Coal communities in eastern Kentucky have been reeling from the effects of a relentless wave of mining layoffs.
  • An English village, years after its mine closed

    Apr 09, 2014 | 6 min
    Brampton lost its coal mine years ago, despite a year-long miner's strike. What's there now?
  • Coal country starts to ask 'What comes after coal?'

    Apr 08, 2014 | 7 min
    In eastern Kentucky, coal mines are closing, putting thousands out of work.
  • In eastern Kentucky, who's to blame for coal's decline?

    Apr 08, 2014 | 3 min
    The main problem is that Kentucky coal is played out and expensive to mine.
  • Filling up the landfill, one coffee pod at a time

    Apr 01, 2014 | 3 min
    Single-serve coffee makers like the Keurig machine are wasteful.
  • Why adapting to climate change is so difficult

    Mar 31, 2014 | 3 min
    The U.N. climate group has moved forward, not just warning of climate change -- because it’s here. What are the barriers to investing in "adaptation"?
  • 25 years after the Exxon Valdez crisis, we've learned...?

    Mar 24, 2014 | 3 min
    It was a dramatic disaster to call attention to environmental risks, and 25 years later it stands out as an stark reminder of continuing environmental risks.
  • How much will climate change cost Exxon?

    Mar 21, 2014 | 3 min
    Exxon the first big energy company to respond to shareholders’ concerns about the cost of climate change.
  • Frowny faces help conserve water

    Mar 18, 2014 | 3 min
    Peer pressure works in getting people to use less water
  • The U.S. relies on transformers -- and that's a little scary

    Mar 17, 2014 | 3 min
    The failure of just nine utility substations, and the closing of one factory, could blackout the entire U.S. for 18 months.
  • The U.S. relies on transformers -- and that's a little scary

    Mar 17, 2014 | 6 min
    The failure of just nine utility substations, and the closing of one factory, could blackout the entire U.S. for 18 months
  • BP signs deal to get back in the game

    Mar 14, 2014 | 2 min
    By signing a new deal with the EPA, BP agrees to more oversight
  • Fracking: 27 tons of dirty, radioactive socks per day

    Mar 12, 2014 | 3 min
    And they're full of NORMs. A glossary of oilfield vocabulary.
  • Fracking: 27 tons of dirty, radioactive socks per day

    Mar 12, 2014 | 2 min
    And they're full of NORMs. A glossary of oilfield vocabulary.
  • Now you can buy solar power (of a sort) at Best Buy

    Mar 12, 2014 | 4 min
    The CEO of SolarCity talks about putting solar panels on more residential homes.
  • Tin: The modern world's glue

    Mar 12, 2014 | 4 min
    The element that brought us beyond the Stone Age
  • How El Nino will impact global food prices

    Mar 12, 2014 | 2 min
    It probably won't have a huge impact on your grocery bills.
  • After delay, U.S. builds four new nuclear reactors

    Mar 11, 2014 | 2 min
    The economics of nuclear power are a tough sell.
  • Calcium: No so good in high doses

    Mar 05, 2014 | 4 min
    Calcium is a fundamental building block in chemistry and in modern life.
  • Abandoning orange juice

    Mar 05, 2014 | 3 min
    Americans are drinking 4 percent less orange juice.
  • Thousand dollar house, million dollar view

    Mar 04, 2014 | 3 min
    One professor is sleeping in a dumpster to raise questions about U.S. home ownership.
  • The EPA's new smog rules: Cost vs. benefit

    Mar 03, 2014 | 3 min
    Weighing the immediate costs of wringing more sulfur out of emissions, against long-term health and economic benefits from less smog.
  • The highway repair fund is going broke

    Feb 27, 2014 | 2 min
    Some say it's because the gasoline tax hasn't gone up since 1.
  • Natural gas bills are going up, and not just because it's cold

    Feb 25, 2014 | 3 min
    Customers in the Northeast and Midwest are about to get big natural-gas bills, not only because they used a lot of gas during the freezing month of January.
  • Cow burps: The environmental hazard.

    Feb 25, 2014 | 1 min
    Belching cattle are a larger source of methane gas emissions than natural gas drilling.
  • Supreme Court reviews expansion of 27 Clean Air Act

    Feb 24, 2014 | 2 min
    A lawsuit challenges the EPA's ability to apply specific regulations to other polluters.
  • Rail companies push for newer oil tank cars to reduce accidents

    Feb 17, 2014 | 3 min
    Without mandatory regulation, the railroad industry looks to pricing as way to encourage safety.
  • Drought or not, how should we value water?

    Feb 17, 2014 | 3 min
    The deep California drought is a reminder that water isn’t an infinite resource.
  • President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the agriculturally-rich city of Fresno, Calif.

    Feb 14, 2014 | 7 min
    President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the agriculturally-rich city of Fresno, Calif. to address the state's drought.
  • President Obama could make it rain in California

    Feb 14, 2014 | 2 min
    California's thirst for water may be quenched by federal relief
  • More barges carrying oil down the Mississippi

    Feb 13, 2014 | 4 min
    Austin Golding runs Golding Barge Lines out of Vicksburg, Miss.
  • What seasonally adjusted data does and doesn't mean

    Feb 13, 2014 | 3 min
    Retail numbers out today don’t look great, sales fell by .4 percent in January— when you take into account “seasonal adjustment”.
  • The pollutants in your face wash

    Feb 12, 2014 | 3 min
    Groups say pieces of plastic -- called microbeads -- end up in our waterways
  • California's drought: Bad, but not the whole economy

    Feb 12, 2014 | 4 min
    California is in the middle of its worst drought in a century. Why isn't that enough to tip the economy?
  • 'No one will declare the water safe' in West Virginia

    Feb 12, 2014 | 4 min
    Residents and business owners continue to use bottled water in wake of last month's chemical oil spill
  • Building water systems for the next century

    Feb 06, 2014 | 5 min
    What the world is doing to keep the tap flowing.
  • Obama administration to announce climate hubs

    Feb 05, 2014 | 2 min
    The regional offices will assist farmers in coping with disasters caused by climate change.
  • Amid Texas drought, this rain man bottles water

    Feb 05, 2014 | 3 min
    For one Texas tinkerer, collecting the rain that falls on his roof turned into a business.
  • From the Vinyl Institute to the Brick Industry Association, businesses close ranks against Obama energy policies

    Jan 31, 2014 | 3 min
    More than 7 business groups have formed a coalition to confront the Obama administration’s energy regulation process at every step
  • When oil money runs dry

    Jan 30, 2014 | 2 min
    Big oil companies have to go farther and use expensive, new technology to tap oil deposits
  • Study links DDT exposure to Alzheimer's disease

    Jan 28, 2014 | 3 min
    Eighty percent of Alzheimer's patients involved in a study had evidence of exposure to DDT.
  • As U.S. freezes, prices soar for natural gas

    Jan 28, 2014 | 2 min
    High demand for heating fuel means high prices in Midwest and Northeast.
  • American pollution: Made in China

    Jan 21, 2014 | 2 min
    There's a hidden cost to buying goods manufactured in China -- pollution in western North America.
  • The history of coal

    Jan 20, 2014 | 4 min
    Coal may be synonymous with pollution but as coal historian Barbara Freese found, that wasn’t always the case.
  • The food chain of rodenticide

    Jan 20, 2014 | 3 min
    Most people would be happy to get rid of rat problems, but that can lead to affects on other wildlife, too.
  • No watering your lawn ... except for those who can afford their own private well

    Jan 17, 2014 | 3 min
    Austin has banned watering lawns and raised rates for city water. So affluent residents are drilling private wells.
  • How do you measure the cost of a toxic spill that turns off the tap?

    Jan 14, 2014 | 2 min
    People had to suspend the convenience of running water, and instead relied on bottled water for everything except flushing toilets.
  • What it feels like to drive 6 miles for a shower

    Jan 13, 2014 | 4 min
    The ban on tap water was lifted for a small small chunk of West Virginia today.
  • Chemical spill in W.V. water sparks rush on bottled water

    Jan 10, 2014 | 5 min
    Grocery store owner Don Tate is telling customers to buy microwavable food and disposable dishware.
  • Tom Vilsack: Polar vortex relief 'won’t happen until we have a farm bill'

    Jan 10, 2014 | 3 min
    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talks polar vortex, the farm bill, and food prices.
  • Goldman Sachs pulls out of proposed coal terminal

    Jan 08, 2014 | 2 min
    The Gateway Pacific Terminal would be the largest coal-exporting terminal in North America. But Goldman Sachs doesn't want to back it anymore.
  • Don't worry, bee happy?

    Jan 07, 2014 | 2 min
    The American Beekeeping Federation and the American Honey Producers Association both start their annual meetings.
  • How cold is it when the economy breaks?

    Jan 06, 2014 | 2 min
    What happens when we go into a really deep freeze?
  • Texas town closes the toilet-to-tap loop: Is this our future water supply?

    Jan 06, 2014 | 5 min
    About 4 percent of Big Spring’s water now comes from a $14 million “direct potable reuse” system.
  • Will the latest oil-train fire make people rethink anything?

    Dec 31, 2013 | 3 min
    An intense oil-train fire in North Dakota demonstrates the scale of damage possible when oil is moved by rail.
  • Why bicyclists and hybrid drivers should pay more taxes

    Dec 31, 2013 | 3 min
    Some states and cities are considering fees for commuters who don't pay gas taxes.
  • Shell's challenge in drilling for Arctic oil

    Dec 26, 2013 | 6 min
    After a dismal experience in 212, Shell took this year off from trying to drill in the Arctic Ocean. But drilling will come.
  • Pennsylvania court: Towns can restrict fracking

    Dec 20, 2013 | 2 min
    Pennsylvania's Supreme Court has tossed out a big part of a law that would have allowed gas companies drilling wells to ignore local restrictions.
  • BP's new recipe for settlement money: Shame a famous chef

    Dec 18, 2013 | 3 min
    BP has long complained that its settlement money for the Deepwater Horizon spill was often spent frivolously.
  • In oil boom, happy to drive a truck by day, a cab by night

    Dec 18, 2013 | 2 min
    Elsie Ejismekwu is happy to have two driving jobs in the North Dakota oil fields as she starts her life over.
  • Lummi tribe objects to coal terminal in Washington

    Dec 18, 2013 | 3 min
    Fifty-seven Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest have come together to oppose plans to build coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington State.
  • A Montana tribe encourages coal mining, for its own well-being

    Dec 17, 2013 | 3 min
    The Crow tribe in the Powder River Basin has one coal mine on its reservation, but poverty among tribal members remains high. The tribe would like more mining.
  • Will farmers feed their livestock fewer antibiotics?

    Dec 12, 2013 | 3 min
    As the FDA tries to curb antibiotic use on the farms, what are the economics of feeding antibiotics to livestock and poultry?
  • Cheap meat: You know you want it

    Dec 12, 2013 | 5 min
    Author and historian Maureen Ogle dives headfirst into the history of American meat production in her new book "In Meat We Trust."
  • Is the U.S. ready to become an oil exporter?

    Dec 12, 2013 | 2 min
    Exxon and other oil companies say, “Heck, yes.”
  • Oil and the race for the North Pole

    Dec 11, 2013 | 3 min
    Denmark and other countries are staking claims to the sea surrounding the North Pole, with an eye to oil exploration.
  • Air pollution explainer: What's an externality?

    Dec 09, 2013 | 3 min
    Pollution isn't free … but who should pay?
  • When air pollution crosses state lines, which state has to do the cleanup?

    Dec 09, 2013 | 2 min
    Some governors asked the EPA to rein in polluting states, and EPA is asking the Supreme Court for permission.
  • Going bearserk in Jersey

    Dec 09, 2013 | 2 min
    The black bear population has grown so large in the state that it ended a hunting ban a few years ago.
  • Dow: time for an industry built by plastics to move on

    Dec 03, 2013 | 3 min
    Dow Chemical says it’s shifting away from the commodity chemical market so much so that it may drop 'Chemical' from its name.
  • Chemical and plastics industries love fracking.

    Nov 29, 2013 | 3 min
    Cheap natural gas has made the U.S. one of the cheapest places to make plastics.
  • Why we can't let go of the fixed-rate mortgage

    Nov 26, 2013 | 5 min
    There's a financial cost to mortgages that stay at the same interest rate for years, but there are also social benefits.
  • Who thought -year mortgages were a good thing?

    Nov 26, 2013 | 5 min
    Lending money for years at a fixed interest rate isn't attractive to banks. So how did -year fixed-rate mortgages come to be the standard?
  • Where's the beef? (Raised, slaughtered and processed?)

    Nov 19, 2013 | 2 min
    Meatpackers and ranchers are fighting each other over new labeling rules.
  • In Chicago, piles of petroleum coke suggest the future of Canadian tar sands oil

    Nov 19, 2013 | 3 min
    A byproduct of refining gasoline clouds the skies of a South Side Chicago neighborhood.
  • In memoriam: The first of many Tennessee Valley Authority coal plants

    Nov 18, 2013 | 2 min
    The coal-fired plants being retired by the Tennessee Valley Authority are more than 5 years old.
  • Recycling? Don't overdo it.

    Nov 15, 2013 | 2 min
    Recycling is expensive but good -- up to a point.
  • Life in the Philippines and the cycle of disaster

    Nov 12, 2013 | 3 min
    Typhoons beat on the Philippines regularly, destroying roads, bridges and buildings in an already poor country.
  • Nation's electricity grid gets a test

    Nov 12, 2013 | 5 min
    The aging grid's main protection against attack is that it's too sprawling and complicated to all go down at once.
  • Installing solar panels? Think of the firefighters

    Nov 12, 2013 | 3 min
    For firefighters, there can be too many solar panels on a roof. Fire officials and the solar industry are paying attention to the concern.
  • U.S. high-speed rail: Express to ... where?

    Nov 05, 2013 | 2 min
    An advocacy group pushing high-speed rail in the U.S. begins its annual meeting.
  • The war on the 'War on Coal'

    Oct 30, 2013 | 3 min
    The coal industry and its political supporters have launched their counterattack to EPA rules.
  • 'Orange slime' used for fighting fires heats debate

    Oct 29, 2013 | 4 min
    To help fight wildfires, officials often dump orange fire retardant from planes. But some Forest Service employees argue the substance doesn't work as promised.
  • How rooftop solar and big utilities can co-exist

    Oct 24, 2013 | 4 min
    Rooftop solar installations cut into utilities' revenue, but still use their expensive grid and and rely on them for backup power.
  • Is fracking creating a 'manufacturing renaissance' in the U.S.?

    Oct 24, 2013 | 3 min
    With the price of natural gas so cheap, manufacturing is coming back to America.
  • The global problem of illegal logging

    Oct 23, 2013 | 3 min
    A federal probe into a Virginia household wood company has revealed a larger, worldwide problem with poached wood.
  • Miami's flooded future

    Oct 18, 2013 | 3 min
    Miami is one of the cities most threatened by climate change. Will it be able to adapt in time?
  • Can fracking preserve North Dakota's environment?

    Oct 18, 2013 | 4 min
    The fracking boom is bringing in a surge of development -- and tax revenue -- to North Dakota. Now conservationists have a plan use some of that growth to protect the environment.
  • Amid climate change worries, a good year for fall foliage

    Oct 16, 2013 | 2 min
    Some recent studies suggest that changing climates could produce dull colors in future years. How much might that hurt the economies of states like Vermont, North Carolina, and Wisconsin?
  • High prices for corn and land shape Iowa economy, landscape

    Oct 09, 2013 | 5 min
    How the sky-high price of farmland has reshaped the state.
  • Has the natural gas boom been too big for producers?

    Sep 30, 2013 | 2 min
    Fracking has produced a glut of natural gas and prices have subsequently plummeted.
  • BP spill trial enters phase that's all about the money

    Sep 30, 2013 | 2 min
    A potentially huge fine looms as the BP oil-spill trial enters a new phase.
  • This is 'quotvirtually certain'quot to be a story about climate change

    Sep 27, 2013 | 3 min
    The world’s top climate scientists issued their most definitive report yet on the challenges and risks of climate change.
  • Climate report moves at glacial pace

    Sep 27, 2013 | 2 min
    The key global climate change organization releases its summary of a climate change report six years in the making.
  • Chicago water: What does lead taste like?

    Sep 26, 2013 | 2 min
    Chicago’s effort to rebuild its water system has run into a problem: it’s replacing lead pipes, and lead is seeping into the water supply.
  • Assessing Colorado's long-term flood damage

    Sep 24, 2013 | 2 min
    Colorado farmers rarely complain about rain, but a lot of them got flooded out by the latest storms.
  • Why lead-paint makers escape fines that cost Big Tobacco billions

    Sep 23, 2013 | 3 min
    A California court case is the latest attempt to hold paint companies liable for health hazards from lead paint, banned since 178.
  • Can dog food help Louisiana's wetlands?

    Sep 20, 2013 | 4 min
    Large rodents called nutria damage thousands of acres of coastal wetlands in Louisiana each year. But trappers are becoming a dying breed.
  • New EPA rules: Clean coal or end of coal?

    Sep 20, 2013 | 3 min
    The EPA announces emission rules that will require new coal-burning plants to cut carbon-dioxide pollution by 4 percent.
  • EPA rules on coal plants' emissions will require new technology

    Sep 20, 2013 | 3 min
    The Environmental Protection Agency's is issuing new limits on emissions by coal-burning plants that new plants will need advanced carbon-capture technology to comply.
  • Wet towels in hotel rooms is a corporate goal

    Sep 18, 2013 | 4 min
    Businesses make themselves more attractive to corporate clients by adhering to their environmental sustainability businesses. If a client's plan calls for using only hotels that don't automatically deliver clean towels each day... there will be more wet towels in those hotels.
  • My milk has expired. Can I drink it?

    Sep 18, 2013 | 2 min
    The Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard researchers have released a study that says Americans waste food because of confusion over expiration dates.
  • GM tries to build the Holy Grail of electric cars

    Sep 17, 2013 | 5 min
    General Motors says it's working on an electric car that hits a sweet spot: a range of 2 miles and a friendly price tag.
  • Landmark environmental law under threat in California

    Sep 11, 2013 | 3 min
    Golden State legislators are voting on whether to weaken a key law protecting the environment. Many say the law has been abused.
  • Louisiana's Gulf Coast adapts to global warming's rising seas

    Sep 09, 2013 | 5 min
    Flood protection uses construction techniques developed by the oil industry. Coastal protection in Louisiana grows into an export industry.
  • Chickenomics and the offshoring of your nuggets

    Sep 05, 2013 | 3 min
    The economics behind shipping chicken carcasses to China for processing: it keeps open the China market for chicken feet.
  • Japan's latest Fukushima fix: 'Game of Thrones'-like?

    Sep 03, 2013 | 2 min
    Japan's latest response to the Fukushima radiation leak sounds like science fiction: A wall of ice. Ice walls are common in tunneling it's the radiation that makes this job different.
  • Shrimp prices go big

    Sep 02, 2013 | 2 min
    Lobster prices have been shockingly low this summer -- $2.2/pound dockside. Climate change is a key reason given, but what's going on with shrimp? The price is through the roof.
  • Yosemite fire burns a mountain region's economy

    Aug 30, 2013 | 3 min
    The 2-square-mile Rim Fire peels back the layers of the Sierra Nevadas’ economic ecology.
  • An onion headline: Global onion shortage

    Aug 29, 2013 | 3 min
    A poor onion crop in India has sent onion prices skyrocketing.
  • Louisiana agency takes on oil industry over damage to delta

    Aug 29, 2013 | 5 min
    The levee board for the New Orleans region sued oil companies over their damage to delta wetlands that are a protective buffer against storm surges.
  • Eating crickets to save the world (recipes included!)

    Aug 26, 2013 | 3 min
    The world's growing population needs protein. Insects provide at the fraction of the cost of beef.
  • No, your phone doesn't use as much electricity as a refrigerator

    Aug 23, 2013 | 4 min
    Widely reported: your smartphone uses the same amount of electricity as two refrigerators. Why some ideas stick around, true or not.

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