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  • US Coal Plant First to Use Carbon Capture Technology Monday, 28 Sep 2009 | 11:42 AM ET

    The Mountaineer Power Plant in West Virginia has become the world’s first coal-fired power plant to capture some of the carbon dioxide it churns out and store it in the ground.

  • Apple Goes Green, Big Time Friday, 25 Sep 2009 | 2:02 PM ET

    It's no secret that Apple has embarked on a major environmental push these last few years: At the conclusion of any product roll-out, CEO Steve Jobs typically talks about the environmentally friendly materials and production processes used, and the priority environmental responsibility has become for the folks in Cupertino. It certainly doesn't hurt that Nobel Peace Prize winner - and environmental activist Al Gore sits on Apple's board.

  • Look What's Next Door: A Carbon Neutral House Friday, 25 Sep 2009 | 8:08 AM ET

    The first carbon neutral house on the East Coast, located in McLean, Va., is opening its doors on Oct. 10. The Green House, as it’s been named, uses approximately 70 to 80 percent less energy per square foot than a comparable new house.

  • Keeping Things in 'Czech' Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | 10:42 AM ET

    Vaclav Klaus isn’t your typical politician. He’s not afraid to voice his thoughts, even if it appears to be against the grain. As President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus assumed the rotating reins of the EU presidency in the first half of 2009. He has been fiercely critical of more closely integrating the 27-member Bloc and has also published a book highlighting his doubts on global warming.

  • Green Profits: Room Temperature Ice Cream Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 | 9:35 AM ET
    Ice Cream

    Unilever scientists are developing an ice cream that can be stored and transported at room temperature.

  • Corporations who are seizing the opportunity to cut carbon emissions now, without government regulation, will profit more when regulation is enacted, according to a report released Monday by the Carbon Disclosure Project, an organization that measures companies’ carbon footprint.

  • Big Oil Sees Profits—and Challenges—in Deep Waters Saturday, 19 Sep 2009 | 10:48 AM ET

    The deep waters off the coasts of countries like Brazil and Sierra Leone have become hot spots for large discoveries of oil this year as exploration continues to move further from shore.

  • Why China Is Winning the Green Game Friday, 18 Sep 2009 | 9:39 AM ET
    Hand plant money

    Even as China overtakes the US in the dubious category of “world’s leading greenhouse gas producer” it is also taking the lead in developing the technologies and policies to solve the problem well ahead of the US - - and sell those solutions to us at massive profits which could have been ours.

  • Home Depot 'Eco Options' Label Aimed at 'Green' Buyers Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | 12:24 PM ET

    Home Depot is trying to reach environmentally-friendly business customers and consumers with an "Eco Options" label that it's rolled out in its stores, the retailer's chief financial officer told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Foreclosures Up From Last Year; Remain Near Record Levels Thursday, 10 Sep 2009 | 12:01 AM ET
    Foreclosed Home

    Home foreclosures in August jumped 18 percent from a year ago, but decreased 0.47 from the previous month, according to a new report by RealtyTrac.

  • Taxpayers May Face Losses from Auto Bailout: Warren Wednesday, 9 Sep 2009 | 12:05 PM ET

    Taxpayers may not recover all of the bailout money awarded to the auto sector, said Elizabeth Warren, chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel in charge of the Troubled Assets Relief Program [TARP].

  • Superglued Protesters Take On Royal Bank of Scotland Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 | 8:07 AM ET

    Protesters, some of them superglued together, surged on the London offices of Royal Bank of Scotland while naked activists occupied parts of Edelman PR company Tuesday, as part of Camp for Climate Action group's protests.

  • 'Cash for Clunkers' Final Sales Tally: 700,000 New Cars Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 4:59 PM ET
    Auto scrap yard

    The popular Cash for Clunkers program generated nearly 700,000 new car sales during the past month, giving the U.S. auto industry a badly needed jolt of activity during the deepest decline in auto sales in two decades.

  • Guest Blog: Carbon Pricing and Your Investments Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009 | 8:28 AM ET
    Hand plant money

    Smart businesses and investors will now need to crack “The Carbon Code” to figure out  winners and losers — and just how much to adjust their business plans and portfolios.

  • Alternative Energy Powerhouse Brazil Finds Big Oil Monday, 24 Aug 2009 | 4:42 AM ET
    Brazil, Brazil Flag

    Brazil, long proud of its push to develop renewable energy and wean itself off oil, has a bad case of fossil-fuel fever.

  • Stocks bounced back on Tuesday, closing up after Monday's sharp selloff. The market continued its recent pattern of shrugging off certain economic data and continuing in whichever direction it intended to go for the day. Housing starts dropped 1 percent in July after an upwardly-revised 6.5-percent jump in June, falling well short of expectations. Meanwhile, a gauge of inflation fell more than expected: Producer prices dropped by 0.9 percent last month, compared with a 1.8-percent gain in June. Read and listen to what the experts had to say...

  • GM to Boost Output Due to Clunkers Incentives Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009 | 11:49 AM ET

    Higher sales from the government's Cash for Clunkers program have prompted General Motors to boost production at several of its factories, according to company and union officials.

  • Oil Trader Under Scrutiny for Phenomenal Success Friday, 14 Aug 2009 | 1:40 PM ET

    An oil trader who has rocked Wall Street and the White House over his nine-figure salary clings to a low profile, quietly making trades from a former dairy farm in Connecticut and emerging occasionally to satisfy his passion for art.

  • Clunker Program Now For Cars Not Yet On Lot Thursday, 13 Aug 2009 | 4:28 PM ET

    The Transportation Department says consumers who want to purchase a new car not yet on a dealer lot can still be eligible for the car rebate program.

  • China’s Incinerators Loom as a Global Hazard Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009 | 10:51 AM ET
    Chinese workers piling up garbage.

    After surpassing the United States as the world’s largest producer of household garbage, China has embarked on a vast program to build incinerators as landfills run out of space.