pollution

Cross Pollution and Child Labor Off Your Grocery List

Take a look at the receipts in your wallet. They show what you paid for the items you bought, but what's missing are the true costs -- to people and the environment. But, good news: Sustainable and fair trade products don't have to cost you more. Consider, for example, a banana ...

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.

10 American Cities With the Worst Drinking Water

Unknown to most Americans, a surprising number of U.S. cities have drinking water with extremely unhealthy levels of chemicals and contaminants. Using data collected from multiple sources for five years by Environmental Working Group, 24/7 Wall St. has compiled this list of the 10 worst.

Could Japan Hold the Key to Asia's Rising Consumers?

Although Japan's stock market has been weak for the last 20 years, there are signs that a shift may be under way that could transform that nation into the gateway to Asia's emerging-market consumers. For patient investors looking for a contrarian play with huge upside potential, it's time to re-examine Japan.

Siemens in Talks With Chinese City to Supply Electric Car Chargers

Siemens AG (SI) is in talks to supply a Chinese city with the infrastructure to charge electric vehicles. The German company expects to close a deal this month to provide customized charging posts for a single city, Song Xiao, president of Siemens China Smart Grid, told Bloomberg News. Once the deal is done, Siemens will supply the charging posts within three months.

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.

Cleaning Up the Toxic Legacy of Closed Military Bases

The U.S. Air Force and Navy both rank among the top 100 polluters in America, and many of their now-abandoned bases have been declared Superfund sites by the EPA. Here's how two of these bases tackled the toxic stews left behind.

Where's the Oil From the BP Spill? Look Down Below

Nearly five months since the start of the massive BP oil spill, many questions are still unanswered. More than 200 million gallons of oil were released between April and August. And now a team of marine scientists thinks they know where a large portion of the oil from the BP spill has gone.

Australia's Labor Party to Form Next Government

Australia%u2019s Labor Party will form the country%u2019s next government after winning the support of two independent lawmakers, ending two weeks of uncertainty following national elections. Labor will control 76 of the country%u2019s 150-seat House of Representatives after independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott joined the party%u2019s coalition, The Associated Press reported.

BP CEO Hayward to Meet Putin's Deputy in Russia

BP CEO Tony Hayward is traveling to Moscow to meet with Igor Sechin, a top deputy to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The meeting comes as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is calling for a levy on oil companies to finance a fund to pay for cleaning up the industry's environmental disasters.

Corporate Pollution: The Top 10 Environmental Payouts

The $20 billion fund BP has agreed to for paying Gulf oil spill claims easily vaults it to the top of the list. Among other members of this shameful pantheon are Exxon, Union Carbide and Pacific Gas and Electric. A closer look at this group reveals that in most cases, the companies managed to reduce -- or even erase -- settlements through years of legal stalling.