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  • China's soil pollution: It's much worse than you think

    Close to 20% of China's arable land is contaminated by heavy metals, posing severe global economic and political consequences in the coming years.

    By Minxin Pei

    FORTUNE -- When the Chinese government completed its first national soil pollution survey in 2005, the findings were so alarming that Beijing promptly declared the data a "state secret."

    Chinese leaders apparently changed their minds and, a few days ago, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and MORE

    Apr 18, 2014 2:25 PM ET
  • Pop-up shops are becoming more permanent

    In brand strategy, short-term retail may not be so temporary after all.

    By Courtney Subramanian

    FORTUNE -- The fashion industry has long benefited from the concept of pop-up shops, but with the rising cost of online advertising and a saturated e-commerce market, more retailers are turning to temporary brick-and-mortar retail to stand out among the competition.

    Earlier this week online marketplace Storefront, which pairs retailers with temporary leases for physical space, raised MORE

    Apr 18, 2014 11:12 AM ET
  • Vegan cuisine aims for the mainstream

    More companies like Chipotle are offering animal-product-free options, and it's not just vegetarians chowing down.

    By April Guilmet

    FORTUNE -- It's the "V" word you're hearing more and more often these days, and it's steadily making its way into your local food court.

    With growing demand for vegan-oriented products, or products containing no eggs, dairy, or animal protein, a growing number of companies are expanding their reach to leave MORE

    Apr 18, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • The General Motors you want to sue no longer exists, says GM

    Carmaker claims immunity from legal liability for ignition-switch defects prior to 2009.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- General Motors Co. asked a federal court in Texas to postpone a lawsuit against it claiming damages and injuries from ignition-switch defects in models of GM cars built before the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy.

    It's an early salvo in a critical legal battle that will determine if plaintiffs across the country will be permitted to sue MORE

    Apr 16, 2014 3:11 PM ET
  • Is your business persona working for you?

    Get the new office rules from Stanley Bing.

    By Stanley Bing

    FORTUNE -- Fortune columnist Stanley Bing's new book, The Curriculum: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master of the Business Arts, is published this week by HarperBusiness. The volume is intended as an alternative course of study to the education offered by the established, tedious, ivy-covered institutions stocked with professors who would be eaten for lunch by serious business MORE

    Apr 16, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • GM ignition recall earnings hit: $1.3 billion in first quarter

    Questions also emerge about a redesigned ignition switch's part number.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- General Motors Co. warned investors and Wall Street that the financial cost of its mushrooming investigation into defective ignition switches all but assures a first-quarter deficit for this year.

    GM (GM) on Thursday said it raised its charge against earnings for the quarter, primarily in connection with the ignition defect, to $1.3 billion from $750 million previously. MORE

    Apr 11, 2014 12:03 PM ET
  • Cadillac Escalade nipping at Mercedes GL's heels, on prestige scale

    The fourth-generation Escalade has luxury bells and whistles--and a greater towing capacity.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- If you're a well-to-do Dallas rancher with a bit of grey at the temples you'll likely be drawn to the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, the fourth generation of the brand's large, luxurious, and powerful SUV, just now going on sale.

    If, on the other hand, you're a Beverly Hills oral surgeon just hitting her stride professionally and MORE

    Apr 11, 2014 10:34 AM ET
  • Two GM engineers placed on paid leave in ignition safety recall

    Wall Street analysts also scale back automaker's financial forecasts in wake of investigation.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- The investigation into defective General Motors Co. ignition switches and their link to traffic fatalities gained intensity as two GM engineers were placed on paid leave and Wall Street equity analysts scaled back financial forecasts.

    GM (GM) didn't identify the engineers. The automaker said in a statement on Thursday that it took the action after a MORE

    Apr 10, 2014 11:24 AM ET
  • Asia's fission frenzy

    While the U.S. relies on decades-old nuclear reactors, China and its neighbors go on a building spree.

    FORTUNE -- "A lot of what's constraining nuclear power is economics," says Matthew Bunn, a professor of practice at the Harvard Kennedy School. It's much easier for a large, centralized state than for a private utility to absorb the billions in upfront costs necessary to build a reactor. That, says Bunn, is largely MORE

    Apr 10, 2014 6:51 AM ET
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  • Wal-Mart goes all, like, 'granola' on us

    The world's largest retailer and No. 1 purveyor of groceries in the U.S. is making a huge push into Whole Foods' territory of organic food.

    By Beth Kowitt, writer

    FORTUNE -- Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), better known for its low prices than health-food focus, is making a big push into the organics business.

    The retailing giant already sells 1,600 organic products, but the company today is announcing a a new line of goods MORE

    Apr 10, 2014 12:01 AM ET
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