Tag: Business & Technology

Apple finally admits its products are difficult to repair

At the start of the year, the French government began requiring makers of smartphones and laptops to assign their products a “repairability” score based on how easy they are to fix — a first-of-its-kind governmental requirement with potentially global implications. Now, leading consumer technology brands including Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft have started to comply with […]

This machine in Texas could suck up companies’ carbon emissions — if they pay

To burnish their green credentials, companies have long paid to plant trees or protect forests in the hopes that nature will absorb their greenhouse gas emissions. Shopify, the Canadian company that runs e-commerce sites, wants to take a more hands-on approach — by paying a Texas venture to pull carbon dioxide from the sky and […]

Corporate climate pledges earn failing grades from investors

A group of more than 500 investors is shining a spotlight on the companies most responsible for climate change — and least prepared to change course. On Monday, the initiative, known as Climate Action 100+, released scorecards for the top carbon-emitting companies, spanning sectors like oil and gas, electric utilities, cement, airlines, steel, and chemicals. […]

In a trash-filled pandemic, low-waste businesses are taking off

in a trash filled pandemic low waste businesses are taking off - In a trash-filled pandemic, low-waste businesses are taking off

As the first round of coronavirus lockdowns swept the country last spring and Americans adapted to a new normal of online shopping, glove- and mask- wearing, and contactless delivery, Emily Rodia tabled her plan to open a low-waste store where consumers could bring their own reusable containers to purchase an array of household goods. “In […]

Floating ‘mini-nukes’ could power countries by 2025, says startup

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This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Floating barges fitted with advanced nuclear reactors could begin powering developing nations by the mid-2020s, according to a Danish startup company. Seaborg Technologies believes it can make cheap nuclear electricity a viable alternative to fossil fuels […]

These ladies love natural gas! Too bad they aren’t real.

these ladies love natural gas too bad they arent real - These ladies love natural gas! Too bad they aren’t real.

This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The website Women for Natural Gas is a pink-tinged, fancy-cursive-drenched love letter to the oil and gas industry. A prominently featured promo video shows women in hard hats and on rig sites. “Who’s powering the world? […]

How to make a net-zero pledge that actually means something

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The past year has seen an explosion in the number of companies announcing they are now “net-zero” or “carbon neutral,” or at least plan to be in the next 30 years. Unilever, Uber, and Facebook are just a few of the recent additions to the club, and even major oil companies like BP and Shell […]

Apple’s Lisa Jackson on leadership, justice, and generations of change

apples lisa jackson on leadership justice and generations of change - Apple’s Lisa Jackson on leadership, justice, and generations of change

Over the last few months, Apple has taken a couple big swings. In June, the technology company announced a $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative that supports more people of color in STEM fields and pushes for criminal justice reform, among other ambitions. Then, in July, it unveiled a big climate plan, with the […]

Solar panels are starting to die. What will we do with the megatons of toxic trash?

solar panels are starting to die what will we do with the megatons of toxic trash - Solar panels are starting to die. What will we do with the megatons of toxic trash?

Solar panels are an increasingly important source of renewable power that will play an essential role in fighting climate change. They are also complex pieces of technology that become big, bulky sheets of electronic waste at the end of their lives — and right now, most of the world doesn’t have a plan for dealing […]

Apple’s low-carbon aluminum is a climate game changer

apples low carbon aluminum is a climate game changer - Apple’s low-carbon aluminum is a climate game changer

When Apple announced new climate goals last week, the tech giant revealed that some of its sleek, silvery laptops will include a novel material: “low-carbon” aluminum. The lightweight metal is chemically the same as the mass-produced version used in products like foil, soda cans, bike frames, and car doors. But it’s made using a different […]