Category: BusinessWeek

Profile – Edward Tufte combines a policy wonk’s love of data with an artist’s eye for beauty and a PR maestro’s knack for promotion | BusinessWeek

“My father once told me that I would never be successful because I have too much contempt for authority,” says Edward Tufte. “I think that’s been an enormously successful strategy.” At 67, Tufte (pronounced TUFF-tee) defies easy categorization. He has…

A U.S./EU Dogfight Over Greener Air Travel | BusinessWeek

American airlines are balking at new EU emission rules, but with British Airways and others on board, they may be fighting a battle they can’t win This August, U.S. airlines face their first big deadline to meet European Union rules…

Can China Go Green? | BusinessWeek

Beijing has big plans to curb pollution and start a cleantech industry. But the global recession and looming trade frictions will test its resolve China’s unprecedented growth in recent years has come at a terrible price. Two-thirds of its rivers…

Will Green Energy Wilt from Lack of Funds? | BusinessWeek

The financial specialists that convert tax credits into capital to build new windmills and solar farms have all but disappeared After years of fighting for stronger, more consistent state and federal support, the renewable-energy industry couldn’t have asked for a…

Will Demand for Solar Homes Pick Up? | BusinessWeek

Builders find the savings from cheap power is making solar homes more attractive As global financial markets melted down in October, Congress handed a gift to America’s green energy industry: It renewed and broadened a set of tax credits for…

Book review – Hot, Flat, and Crowded By Thomas L. Friedman | BusinessWeek

Enlisting Father Profit to Save Mother Nature — Tom Friedman makes a gripping political, environmental, and economic case for green innovation Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution— and How It Can Renew America. By Thomas L. Friedman. Farrar, Straus &…

Cape Wind: The War Over Offshore Wind Is Almost Over | BusinessWeek

It’s no longer if, but when, where, and how many wind farms will go up along the U.S. coast Wind farms are springing up in Midwestern fields, along Appalachian ridgelines, and even in Texas backyards. They’re everywhere, it seems, except…

Past Is Prologue: How Chicago’s Merchandise Mart transformed itself from a relic into a certified energy-efficient marvel | BusinessWeek

With today’s focus on “green” buildings, it’s no wonder that so many of the new towers scraping the Chicago sky are heralded for their benign impact on the environment. But what about the thousands of other high-rises and humbler structures…

Book review – “The World Without Us” By Alan Weisman | BusinessWeek

Save The Planet: Disappear — Weisman presents a curiously refreshing vision of the apocalypse THE WORLD WITHOUT US By Alan Weisman. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press — 324pp — $24.95 The extinction of humankind is a grim topic. Yet in The World…