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Robots are still coming — though their advance has lost a bit of steam. The number of robots installed by companies in the U.S. dropped last year for the time since 2015, according to...
Climate wars are heating up at JPMorgan Chase, with activist shareholders pushing to oust former Exxon Mobil Chairman Lee Raymond from the top position on the bank’s board. The largest U.S. bank already is...
India is proving to be a hotspot for renewable energy. Renewables will soon be responsible for more than a fifth of India's electricity generation, Power Minister R. K. Singh said this week. Behind the...
The quest for the self-driving car has become a money pit, with the handful of companies that invested $16 billion in recent years having little to show. Alphabet’s Waymo, General Motors’ Cruise and Uber...
Fusion energy may be having its moment, and investors are taking notice. Long the realm of university research, funded with billions of government dollars, advances in materials and computing have driven down costs to...
Ice age, meltdown, flooding. When the world’s most famous punk band rocked out on the Thames on a wet December night in 1979, singing about the end of the world, it struck a chord. Sure, punk was...
What works for hay — you can’t make it if the sun doesn’t shine — also works for solar power. Now, researchers may be close to overcoming the major shortcoming of solar panels...
The U.K., planning to host a global climate summit in November, said it is banning the sale of new fossil fuel–burning cars five years earlier than planned as fears grow that not enough is being done to...
Corporations bought more clean-energy than ever, boosted by tech heavyweights Google, Facebook and Amazon as they are pushed to reform their energy policies. Power purchase agreements totaled 19.5 gigawatts of clean energy last year,...
The surging U.S. solar sector is attracting interest from unlikely places, including an asset manager in a Swiss lakefront town betting on solar’s falling costs, low risk and potentially bright future. Zug, Switzerland-based Capital...
Vast clouds of locusts swarming across East Africa, a plague that global officials are linking to climate change, show no signs of slowing as the winged pests consume crops, threaten economies and force airplanes to make emergency...
Garbage has become such a crisis that companies that don’t invest in long-term ways to reduce waste won’t survive, warns the founder and CEO of the recycling company TerraCycle. “I believe that it...
The world’s mining industry is doing little to curb greenhouse gases and combat global warming, raising the possibility of a backlash from governments and society, McKinsey says. At the same time, physical challenges to the industry, exacerbated...
Wood may be poised for a new role as a building material, thanks to technologies that permit raising higher structures using the natural substance and the soaring environmental costs of using steel and concrete.The manufacturing and use...
As investors and financial firms heed the call to cut fossil fuel holdings, others hang on: Warren Buffett holds the third-largest fortune in the world connected to greenhouse-gas emissions, according to a new survey.
Minnesota, New York and South Carolina are among the U.S. states working to protect the country’s shrinking number of honey bees as the increasing use of solar panels reduces their habitats. Ground-mounted photovoltaic solar...
Trying to find the nearest Starbucks in a city without Google Maps might not cause a person to go caffeine free in the future, as robots may soon be bright enough to navigate uncharted territory.  
Key Takeaway: New Jersey is one of several states that, as world temperatures climb, is buying homes in flood-prone areas and leveling them to build barriers against...
Data centers account for an ever-growing share of global electricity demand, something that Hewlett Packard Enterprise and its partners are trying to stem. The Swiss Data Center Efficiency Label, which aims to encourage data...
Trash and cash go hand-in-hand, from John Waters films to garbage hauling.  Sustainable trash is also drawing interest, as investors pour funds into startups seeking to make earth-friendlier waste. Record sums have been raised...
President Trump kicked off the 50th annual World Economic Forum, the same day his impeachment trial was to begin, by ignoring climate change, the issue that attendees declared the No. 1 danger facing the planet.
Big business is increasingly pointing the finger of blame back at itself regarding global warming -- banks are cutting loans to coal projects, delivery firms are exploring electric vehicles and food conglomerates are pitching plant-based meats.
Is low carbon footprint a selling point for you? Quorn Foods is going to find out. Just as we’ve gotten used to “low-gluten,” “all-natural” and “non-GMO,” the meat-substitue company is adding a “low-carbon footprint”...
U.S. investors don’t appear to share President Donald Trump’s doubts about renewable energy and climate change, pouring a record amount of cash into wind, solar and other clean power. Money flowed into renewable projects...
Bricks and mortar may never be the same, thanks to a group of scientists who have created a type of living concrete that may help reduce greenhouse gases. The new bricks -- green-toned during...
Setting the tone for the World Economic Forum next week in Davos, world leaders are citing failure to act on climate change as the No. 1 danger facing the world, replacing weapons of mass destruction.
Hydrogen will play a bigger role in the transition to a green future -- but only with government cooperation. To make clean-burning hydrogen economically viable, governments will have to double what they charge companies...
Years after the U.K. privatized utilities, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan is moving things in another direction, in hopes of stimulating renewable energy use. Kahn launched London Power, offering city residents renewable energy that’s almost...
Would you convert to a plant-based diet to stop climate change? Have one fewer child?Sadly, while personal sacrifices are commendable, they haven’t been enough to curb global warming. “A big-picture holistic solution” regarding global transportation, industry and...
Can a foreign company be held liable under American law for using child slave laborers in another country if the operations were overseen from the U.S.? That is the question facing the U.S. Supreme...
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