Special Reports Green: The Color Of Money

  • City skyline and modern construction, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

    We're not talking about the Persian Gulf. It's the South China Sea where China and Vietnam are on a collision course that could result in higher commodity prices and far worse.

  • Walmart

    Wal-Mart's efforts may be something to wmulate. The company has a stated goal of becoming 100-percent, renewable-energy powered, and its clean-energy work is done because it costs the same amount or less than business-as-usual.

  • The coal fueled Fiddlers Ferry power station emits vapour into the night sky on November 16, 2009 in Warrington, United Kingdom.

    The debate over nuclear has generally boiled down to the challenge of waste disposal, but the real wild card is human error.

  • A worker installs solar panels at the Lieberose Solar Park in Lieberose, Germany.

    New US tariffs on Chinese solar panels are meant to crack down on government subsidies abroad but they're also killing solar rooftop installation jobs at home.

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    Five companies are joining forces to develop a new bio-plastic made entirely of plant-based material and fiber.

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    With a global population that now exceeds seven billion and a rapidly growing middle class, especially in developing economies such as Brazil, China, and India, resources are becoming increasingly scarce and we can no longer afford to waste anything, says CNBC.com guest blogger Terry Tamminen.

  • WesTech Solar

    We all need to find ways to leverage our assets beyond what many might think is possible to make a more sustainable planet, economy or business., says CNBC.comblogger Terry Tamminen.

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    What’s trending in Q1 of 2012? Three things that will cost more going forward and one that will definitely be heading down, says CNBC.com guest blogger Terry Tamminen.

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    Electric vehicles will continue to generate hype at auto shows around the world, but today’s limited battery technology will prevent them from crowding dealer lots for years to come.

  • Mother and Child India

    There's a U.S.-equivalent market of consumers in India, who are focused on green and have a lifetime of purchasing power ahead.

  • Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford charges the Ford Focus EV during the vehicle's reveal in early 2011.

    While electric vehicles will continue to garner more hype at the North American International Auto Show this year, today’s battery technology will keep the so-called EVs a niche product for years to come.

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    From growing your own food to conserving energy, CNBC.com guest blogger Terry Tamminen offers strategies to save the planet and money — just in time for new year's resolution season.

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    Bringing greater energy efficiency to commercial buildings promises to be big business. The market is estimated to increase to $100 billion by 2017. Companies doing retrofits stand to reap the benefits from buildings going green.

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    First Solar cut its 2011 sales and earnings forecast for the second time in two months and forecast 2012 profits below Wall Street's view, sending its shares sharply lower.

  • Global Warming

    With the only international emissions agreement, the Kyoto Protocol, expiring in 2012 and greenhouse gases still rising, we clearly need a new obsession — or a way to pay for the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, says CNBC.com guest blogger Terry Tamminen.

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    Environmental laws and regulations are not the evil that some politicians would have you believe, says CNBC.com guest blogger Terry Tamminen.

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    Lenders typically factor in loan principal, interest, taxes, and insurance when determining how much mortgage a buyer can afford. Not taken into account are energy costs, which can be more costly than insurance and in some cases taxes.

  • Green - Winner & Losers - A CNBC Special Report

    Federal, state, and even local government policies have had a huge impact on the research and development of alternative fuels, but  a clear rival to fossil fuels has yet to emerge in the marketplace. Take our poll on which energy source you think will succeed over the next decade.

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    To mark our annual November "Green Is Universal" week, we've assembled a "Green Winners & Losers 2011" special report, looking at six  industries whose fortunes either rose or fell this year.

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    The industry has had a profitable year despite the jump in corn prices , but overcapacity and the end of a generous government subsidy are major concerns.