business

World’s oldest insurance market to stop investing in coal

Lloyd’s of London joins the ranks of big insurers who no longer see coal as a viable investment.

Facebook is ‘parasitic,’ says Zuckerberg’s former mentor

From political manipulation to dangerous addiction, Roger NcNamee insists that Facebook needs to change its business model to be less harmful.

Short List for Amazon’s second headquarters speaks volumes about cities

There are not many surprises, other than Columbus, Ohio and Toronto, Canada

No, your microwave oven isn’t killing the planet

These stupid headlines miss the whole point. Microwaves use very little power, slightly more than a 7-watt LED bulb over its lifetime.

UK supermarket promises to go plastic-free by 2023

The fact that Iceland specializes in frozen food has not daunted its directors, who say they’ll switch to recyclable paper and pulp trays.

Startup is using heat generated from Bitcoin mining to grow food and fish

Merging energy-intensive Bitcoin mining with aquaculture, this project is experimenting with how technology might be used to develop better food systems.

European Union pledges to fight plastic pollution

But its strategy would be far more effective if it focused on reusables, not recycling.

Does Yosemite need a Starbucks?

More than 20,000 people have signed a petition asking that a new Starbucks be stopped from opening in the national park.

New York City’s Mayor de Blasio to divest from big oil and sue the companies

Changes closer to home would be nice too.

China is planting 16.3 million acres of forest this year

The pollution-beleaguered country plans to increase forest coverage to 23 percent of its total landmass by the end of the decade.