climate change

Is 'Globesity' the Next Big Thing in Investing?

Obesity. Climate change. Our ever-increasing energy needs. These are just some of the megatrends analysts see coming down the global pike, trends that investors can draft behind and make money from.

Ethanol, the Next Generation: Corn Is Out, Cellulose Is In

It has become clear to politicians and scientists that corn-based ethanol isn't the solution for creating a home-grown fuel source. Enter "cellulosic ethanol," made from wood chips, weeds or algae: Is this the fuel of the future? A company called Mascoma is gearing up to prove it is.

Natural Gas Boom: Cheap, Clean Fuel Presents Problem, Too

A natural gas boom is coming in the U.S, but while consumers are likely to benefit from the cheap energy source, investors may not. Huge new discoveries of domestic reserves may keep prices down, and the political push toward renewable energy sources could cut into producers' profits.

Climate Change: Smart Businesses Are Preparing Now

From flooding in Pakistan to wildfires in Russia, something seems to be going on. Climate change? A growing number of businesses aren't waiting around to find out for sure. Instead, they're making pragmatic plans to prepare just in case.

Legal Briefing: Obama Backs Utilities in Climate Change Case

Eight states, New York City and three groups won the legal right to sue greenhouse-gas emitting utilities. The companies appealed to the Supreme Court and the Obama administration has filed a brief supporting them. Find out the implications of this move.

Solar Energy Market Will Get Even Hotter in 2010

This year is turning out to be a good one for solar energy equipment makers and project developers. Solar panel makers saw a 92% jump in shipments in the second quarter from a year ago, and market research firms have issued bullish outlooks for the industry.

Obama's Nuclear Power Play Lacks Economic Voltage

When Obama approved the first $8.3 billion in a nuclear loan guarantee program Tuesday, he helped unite interest groups ranging from the ultra-conservative National Taxpayers Union to the left-wing Greenpeace. All of whom agree that the program doesn't make economic sense.

A Big Chill,
but Not Always
So Painful

So far, the East Coast has had a bitterly cold winter -- temperatures were below normal throughout between New York City and Atlanta, and the extreme cold is expected to linger through February. The chill has been a boon for some sectors of the economy, even as it drags down others.

Obama Gets Climate Deal but Emissions Cuts Not Binding

In a political victory for Barack Obama, the U.S. president emerged from the global climate summit in Copenhagen late Friday with a deal with China, India and other key countries to reduce earth-harming emissions. But environmentalists were disappointed the cuts were not binding while skeptics weren't disappointed there was a deal at all.

Finding Common Ground
in Copenhagen?

As the world's leaders converge on Copenhagen for the global climate summit, the clouds over what had been deemed a fairly useless exercise in geopolitical stagecraft appeared to be lifting. Most dramatic is a proposal that rich nations provide a $100 billion per year to help poorer nations cope with emission cuts.

Inflation Fears in India -- Food Prices Up 20%

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that it won't raise interest rates anytime soon, indicating that it doesn't see inflation as a threat in the U.S. But not every nation shares our situation. In India, wholesale food prices were up 19.95% year-over-year for the week ending Dec. 5.