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  • How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything

    How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything

    Worried that your carbon footprint may be oversized? This book shows you how to put it on a diet.

  • Gas prices wouldn't hurt so much with stricter fuel efficiency laws

    Green Economics Gas prices wouldn't hurt so much with stricter fuel efficiency laws

    Gas prices would be less painful if the US government raised fuel economy standards for new vehicles. Do perks, like being more immune to high gas prices, count as a 'free lunch' from the government?

  • Thailand's opposition 'red shirts' commemorate deadly crackdown as elections loom

    Thailand's opposition 'red shirts' commemorate deadly crackdown as elections loom

    Thailand's 'red shirts' have a strong base, analysts say the parliamentary election may hinge on the mood among nonpartisan voters, as well as local dynamics.

  • Poll: With gas prices high, Americans want 60 m.p.g. fuel efficiency

    Poll: With gas prices high, Americans want 60 m.p.g. fuel efficiency

    A new poll suggests that a majority of Americans – both Democrats and Republicans – support a plan to almost double federal fuel-efficiency standards for automakers by 2025. High gas prices are seen as being behind the trend.

  • Graduated? Seven job tips for college graduates.

    Graduated? Seven job tips for college graduates.

    The job data might seem rosier, but finding a job is harder than ever – especially for the nearly 2 million college students who will have graduated this year. Newly minted college graduates are up against experienced mid-career professionals who are also out there searching. Use these seven career tips to change your job search into a job offer.

  • Fuel-efficient cars drive US sales surge

    Fuel-efficient cars drive US sales surge

    Fuel-efficient cars – like Chevy's Cruze, Hyundai's Elantra, and Ford's Focus – led an estimated 19 percent car sales increase in April. GM says rising gas prices started pushing drivers into fuel-efficient cars in March.

  • Earth Day: Are you saving the planet or just showing off? Take our quiz.

    Earth Day: Are you saving the planet or just showing off? Take our quiz.

    Are you making environmental choices in order to save the planet or because you want to be seen with a green halo? A new study by economic researchers Steven Sexton and Alison Sexton suggests that some people purchase products that are perceived as environmentally friendly as a way of increasing their social standing. They found, for example, that the unusually shaped Toyota Prius hybrid was a conspicuous badge that sold better in “green” communities than in other communities, all things being equal. “Consumers are willing to pay up to several thousand dollars to signal their environmental bona fides through their car choice,” wrote Sexton and Sexton. Are you a “conspicuous conservationist”? Take our quiz to find out. (Note that our quiz will label answers that conspicuous conservationists would give as "Correct!" and all other answers as "Incorrect!"

  • Are Americans overtaxed?

    Are Americans overtaxed?

    Many people would answer a resounding 'yes.' But some experts caution that tax rates, when looked at historically and in comparison with those of other countries, aren't that bad. Here are some statistics – and how the debate might go between those who think taxes are too onerous and those who don't.

  • One millionth Prius sold in the US

    One millionth Prius sold in the US

    One millionth Prius sold Wednesday. US sales after the one millionth Prius may slow, however, because of the production slowdowns in the wake of the Japan earthquakes and tsnami.

  • Cars after Japan's quake: Toyota, Nissan, and Honda plan to restart production

    Cars after Japan's quake: Toyota, Nissan, and Honda plan to restart production

    Despite the huge difficulties the Japanese car industry is facing, analysts say automakers will be able to recover in the year ahead.