Economy

Dakota Access Pipeline Owner Sues Greenpeace For 'Criminal Activity'

Energy Transfer Partners alleges Greenpeace and other "eco-terrorist groups" tried to block its pipeline with "campaigns of misinformation." Greenpeace says the suit is a bid to "silence free speech."

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Scientists Hope To Farm The Biofuel Of The Future In The Pacific Ocean

International research labs are using seaweed to make biofuel, but little progress has been made in the U.S. Now scientists in California are developing a prototype to enable vast open-ocean farming.

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In Alaska, One Man Fights To Save Oil Fund As Reserves Dry Up

For 40 years, Alaska has been putting its oil money into a giant savings account. But now the oil — and the money — are drying up.

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Does 'Sustainability' Help The Environment Or Just Agriculture's Public Image?

Big food companies like Walmart want farmers to reduce greenhouse emissions from nitrogen fertilizer. But the best-known program to accomplish this may not be having much effect.

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'Smart' Pill Bottles Aren't Enough To Help The Medicine Go Down

Lots of people forget to take their medicine on time. Now firms are selling "smart" pill bottles that send patients reminders through the Internet. But maybe the real problem isn't forgetfulness.

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In Solar Trade Dispute, Will Proposed Tariffs Cost Industry Jobs?

Testing President Trump's promise to get tough on trade, two U.S. solar panel manufacturers are seeking to impose a tariff on panels made overseas. But many in the industry warn it could cost jobs.

List Of Charities Shunning Trump's Mar-A-Lago Resort Keeps Growing

Many of the groups cited controversy about recent comments by President Trump that "both sides were to blame" for the violence that occurred during a white supremacists' rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Famed Inventor Says He Buried Reporter 'At Sea' After His Homemade Sub Sank

Peter Madsen pushed off in his submarine with a Swedish journalist, but by the time he was rescued, she was gone. Now, he says she died onboard — but the admission is stirring even more questions.

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States Work To Help Marijuana Industry Reduce Power Costs

Growing marijuana takes a lot of energy, which comes into conflict with state efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. Now, some places are helping the pot industry to become more energy efficient.

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Uber Hires Harvard Business School's Frances Frei To Address Leadership Issues

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Uber's new vice president of leadership and strategy about what she plans to bring to the ride-hailing company after more than a dozen executives left this year.

Boston’s 2 Sides: How The City Can Have A Booming Innovation Economy And Widening Inequality

June 9, 2016
The gap between the rich and the poor is a theme that increasingly defines the city of Boston, with its booming innovation economy -- and its growing number of people struggling at the bottom of the economic ladder. Here's construction in the heart of South Boston’s Innovation District in March. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

It’s a theme that increasingly defines the city of Boston, with its innovation economy and its number of people struggling at the bottom of the economic ladder.

Makers Versus Takers: The Financialization Of American Business

June 7, 2016

Business reporter Rana Foroohar on the “financialization of America” and what the consequences could be.

Economists Caught Off Guard By A Weak Jobs Report

June 3, 2016
Hundreds of Verizon workers strike outside of the telecommunications company's Brooklyn offices on April 13, 2016 in New York City. Some officials are blaming the strike in part for weaker than anticipated job gains in May. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Labor Department reported just 38,000 new jobs in May, far fewer than most economists predicted.

IMF Post On Neoliberalism Raises Questions About Organization’s Policies

June 3, 2016
The International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. (Flickr/Creative Commons, @World Bank Photo Collection).

Posts on the website of the International Monetary Fund do not usually go viral, but one did this week.

U.S. Economy Adds A Paltry 38,000 Jobs In May

June 3, 2016
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) stands on Wall Street and Exchange Streets on December 21 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Wall Street fell today upon news of the smallest monthly addition of jobs in almost six years.

Thomas Frank On Mass. Democrats And The Innovation Economy

May 31, 2016
An Uber driver sits in his car near the San Francisco International Airport. In his new book, Thomas Frank argues the innovation economy has worsened economic disparity in the U.S. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

In his new book, journalist Thomas Frank offers a passionate critique of Massachusetts Democrats and the booming economy they’ve helped create.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh On Unions, Affordable Housing, Gun Violence

May 26, 2016

It’s been a busy month for the mayor of Boston.

The Spending Race Between Japan And China On Global Infrastructure

May 26, 2016
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron (not seen) during a bilateral meeting on May 24, 2016 in Shima, Japan. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Japan is touting a new $200-billion infrastructure plan, while China has been heavily investing across Asia and Africa.

Boston’s Walsh Earmarks $7.5M For Affordable Housing Program

May 24, 2016
Housing in the city's Jamaica Plain neighborhood (Soe Lin/Flickr)

The aim of the loan program is to keep people from being priced out of their homes and neighborhoods.

What Long-Term Contracts With Canadian Hydropower Would Mean For Mass.

May 24, 2016

A long-awaited bill was unveiled Monday by House lawmakers. It requires long-term contracts with hydropower and offshore wind projects.

In The Age Of Texting And Tinder, Is Dating Dead?

May 23, 2016
A young couple takes a stroll in New York City in 1961. (Dan Grossi/AP)

Workers are told that they have to be “flexible” in their careers, that they should expect nothing more than short-term gigs in the current job market. So, is it any surprise that they bring the same approach to the dating market?

Searching For The Shrinking Middle Class In Worcester

May 23, 2016
Worcester City Hall. (Jason Ouellet for Destination Worcester/Flickr)

The changing dynamics of Worcester can lend insight into why it’s so complicated to move into the middle-class in the U.S.

The Politics Of Home Ownership

May 23, 2016
In his book, “No Place Like Home: Wealth, Community & Politics of Home Ownership,” Brian McCabe finds that our belief about home ownership as a way to improve civic life doesn't necessarily pan out.

Author Brian McCabe finds that our belief about home ownership as a way to improve civic life doesn’t necessarily pan out

Fewer Business Startups Are Based In Small Towns And Rural Areas

May 23, 2016
Silicon Valley's capital city San Jose, California as seen in this aerial photo is undergoing an urban development revolution calculated to keep it as the thriving heart of a region renowned for technological innovation. (Helene Labriet-Gross/AFP/Getty Images)

New research found that startup growth remains primarily based in areas like California’s Silicon Valley.

What Would Be The Impact Of A June Interest Rate Hike?

May 23, 2016
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the morning of December 14, 2015 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

There are more signs today that the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates at its June meeting.

Good Gig? New Employment Proposals For Contract Workers Could Make It Better

May 23, 2016

The gig economy — perhaps best embodied by companies like Uber and Lyft — may account for less than 1 percent of the workforce. But, it has sparked a debate over what’s fair to those making a living outside typical employment relationships.

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