New companies say pulling carbon dioxide straight from the air could solve global warming and provide an infinite source of gasoline. Really?
FORTUNE -- What if scientists could transform coal-fired power plants from giant carbon dioxide emitters into giant carbon sinks? Some say that they can, and will. Graciela Chichilnisky, a founder of Global Thermostat, admits it's hard to believe: "The more energy the less the emissions—it's mind boggling."
Global Thermostat and at least MOREScott Woolley - Apr 6, 2011 2:13 PM ET
The intrepid Branson launches Virgin Oceanic, a quest to explore the deepest parts of the aquatic world.
FORTUNE -- Yesterday at the Brainstorm GREEN conference in Laguna Niguel, Calif., Richard Branson sat down with Fortune Managing Editor Andy Serwer for a conversation where he unveiled his latest venture, Virgin Oceanic, through which he will explore the deepest underwater areas of the world.
"Virgin Oceanic will expand the reach of human exploration on our planet. MOREPaul Smalera - Apr 5, 2011 2:58 PM ET
The company learned they had to accurately account for saving money in order to understand how they profit from green investments. Once they did, the figures were staggering.
FORTUNE -- Making chemicals takes energy -- a lot of it -- so the mere fact that Dow Chemical (DOW) can save a lot of money by improving their energy efficiency is not what's surprising. It's just how much energy and cash they've MOREScott Woolley - Apr 5, 2011 11:25 AM ET
A few years ago, markets for trading pollution rights were lauded by U.S. politicians of all political persuasions. No longer.
FORTUNE -- The idea of setting a firm limit on carbon dioxide emissions but letting the market decide who should do the allowable amount of polluting is an environmental policy that seems to have a little something for everyone. Lefties like the hard limits. Righties like the flexible markets, or at MOREScott Woolley - Apr 5, 2011 10:13 AM ET
Green industries of the 21st century could spring from unlikely sources -- just ask software billionaire Tom Siebel.
FORTUNE -- Bright ideas about how to help the environment and in the process make a few bucks -- or perhaps even a few billion bucks -- abound. But which of them could actually work?
Might it be billionaire Tom Siebel's new venture, the mysteriously-named C3, which aims to use clever software to radically improve MOREScott Woolley - Apr 4, 2011 10:20 AM ET
The Ford chairman has a surprising side project: funding ideas that could ease car congestion.
A few years ago the CEO of Ford Motor, Bill Ford, began pushing the company to be more sensitive to the environment. The result: The automaker today produces five different hybrid models that help reduce gas consumption and pollution. Now Ford, currently executive chairman of the car company, has turned his attention to another byproduct of MOREMichael V. Copeland, Senior Writer - Jun 28, 2010 3:00 AM ET
Water...it sustains all life.
Yet consider this: Worldwide, 80 countries suffer from water shortages, including highly productive agricultural areas in northern China, the western United States, and northwest India.
Four thousand children under the age of five die each day from water-born diseases. Almost 40% of all the water used in agriculture - the biggest consumer of water by far - is wasted.
But only 1% of venture capital money is going into MORESteve Hargreaves - Apr 13, 2010 9:52 PM ET
|Tesla's fight with America's car dealers|
|Amateur investors tap 401(k)s to buy homes|
|Yahoo must learn from past merger mistakes|
|The biggest merger you didn't hear about today|
|Death cross brewing in bond market|