May 9, 2013 Following another tragic fire at a Bangladesh clothing factory, retailers are now ceding to consumer demand and putting the exact origins of their products on the label. But will this “fair trade” practice hurt the bottom line? And will those same consumers actually buy the more expensive fair trade products, or reach for the cheaper item on the next rack?
Apr 29, 2013 The vote, which will restrict the use of certain types of pesticides for two years unless decisive new information becomes available, is an effort to protect the dwindling honeybee population.
Apr 26, 2013 Yes, it's Arbor Day again. Don't hug a tree, plant one. Or, calculate the value of what a tree is doing for the environment.
Apr 26, 2013 The Internet is powered by vast banks of computers which chew up energy. That's a big cost for the people who run these servers -- and the earth, depending on how all the electricity is generated.
Apr 25, 2013 The collapse of a factory in Bangladesh reportedly producing clothing for American and European companies is raising questions about what those companies owe after a tragedy.
Apr 24, 2013 Walmart is losing its image man. Leslie Dach, executive vice president of corporate affairs at Walmart, will be stepping down this summer after seven years on the job.
Apr 19, 2013 Farmers in Liuchong village in the Central Chinese province of Hubei are standing up to a local phosphate mining operation and fertilizer factory they blame for polluting the village's water and air, killing their crops and livestock, and leading to a sharp increase in cancer rates in the region.
Apr 10, 2013 A food hackathon in San Francisco brought together programmers, designers, and investors to work on ways to improve the food system.
Apr 9, 2013 Ron Johnson's ousting as CEO of JC Penney ends his bid to break retail's cycle of marking products up just to mark them down in sales. Shoppers rejected Johnson's strategy of keeping low prices instead of discounting.
Mar 29, 2013 Oil companies say new EPA rules on sulfur levels in gas will increase prices several cents a gallon, but higher refining costs could play out many ways.