environmental

Vote for America's Biggest 'Corporate Fool'

As April 1 approaches, Green America wants you to help it choose the "Biggest Corporate Fool" of 2012 -- the worst offender in the realm of business shenanigans. You've probably heard of most of the nominees -- but the behavior they're being called out for may be news to you.

The World's Most Expensive Flip-Flops

Chipkos hopes its latest pair of fashionable flip-flops could help save the Costa Rican rainforests. One purchase will protect 100,000 square feet of the eco-rich land. But it's had no takers so far. Did we mention the sandals cost $18,000?

SunPower Building America's Biggest Solar Roof

SunPower is on a roll: It just launch the most efficient mass-produced solar cell in the world and announced it will soon start construction of the biggest solar roof in North America. Is the market already too enthusiastic about the solar energy major, or is this a good time to buy?

Using an Easy-Bake Oven Is About to Become Difficult

The Easy-Bake Oven is falling victim to the fight against global warming. The incandescent light bulbs that heat the toy ovens are being phased out in 2012 in favor of energy-efficient compact fluorescents. But precisely because they are energy efficient, they don't get hot enough to bake a cookie.

A Growing Role for Tourism in Sustainable Development

In a somewhat surprising report, The U.N. Environment Programme says one of the most promising green industries -- at least when it comes to creating economic growth, reducing poverty, fueling job creation and addressing major environmental challenges -- turns out to be tourism.

Five Products Facing Consumer Backlash

Consumer history is littered with products, gadgets and items that consumers love to love, only to later hate them. Remember margarine, the Atkins...

Are 'Green' Cleaners Really Green?

Supposedly "green" cleaners may not be as green as you think. You're probably being exposed to chemicals even if you're using presumably eco-friendly...

FTC Proposes Tighter Standards for 'Green' Products

Companies that claim to be environmentally friendly or say their products have certain so-called "green" benefits may face more stringent requirements as far as showing proof of such claims, the Federal Trade Commission said today.

Will Peruvian Politics Shake Mining and Energy Investments?

Political upsets in Peruvian regional elections could indicate a national shift to the left -- and some business leaders worry that could discourage foreign investment in the country, which has rich natural resources such as oil, gas and gold.

Environmentalists Seek
$5 Billion from BP

Three leading environmental groups today urged the Obama administration to allocate a minimum of $5 billion of the proposed $20 billion BP escrow fund to restore the environment damaged by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, which triggered the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

The Future of Putting Green to Work in Buildings

By many measures, Webcor Builers is the greenest general contractor of any significant size on the planet, and a key player in the green building technology ecosystem. We chat about the future of green with Webcor's vice president of sustainability and syBy many measures, Webcor Builers is the greenest general contractor of any significant size on the planet, and a key player in the green building technology ecosystem. We chat about the future of green building with Webcor's vice president of sustainability and systems engineering, Phil Williams.stems engineering, Phil Williams.

A Beacon for U.S. Manufacturing

California's Lunera Lighting is a cutting-edge LED maker that's keeping its production close to home, at a contract manufacturer in the East Bay, near San Francisco. Its reasons for doing so shed light on some forces that could aid other U.S. manufacturers in the race for global competitiveness.

A Promising Future for Tiny Windmills

Larger government subsidies, rising electricity costs, fewer regulatory burdens and lower prices for these small systems are all converging to generate demand. More access to favorable financing may create the most powerful tailwind.