Newsweek has published its annual green-business rankings, with IBM and Hewlett-Packard topping the global rankings and Dell topping the U.S. rankings. The lists are taken seriously by executives and investors, writes Joel Makower, and even appear to serve as a useful indicator of firms' likely future performance. "The rankings, it seems, have become a major metric in corporate America," Makower writes.
More communities are looking for ways to desalinate water as demand increases and climate change affects rainfall patterns. Israel's Ashkelon Desalination Plant features an on-site power plant and energy-recovery system.
Statoil, an energy company, is operating the first floating wind turbine. The station is located more than 6 miles off the coast of Norway, giving it access to constant wind, unlike land-based wind turbines.
When the U.S. government gave a $53,648 grant to a Bob's Big Boy that put up solar panels, it missed the big picture, Russell Gold writes. The restaurant encourages driving and eating meat, which both have a huge effect on the environment, he notes.