African economies could benefit more from backward linkages to the mining industry than from beneficiation.
Vladimir Putin, autographing a natural gas pipeline in Vladivostok.
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Even if Asia buys most of the natural gas the U.S. will be exporting soon, America's growing role in that market could wind up reducing Russia's political influence in Europe.
A farmer harvest his soybean field in Loami, Ill.
AP Photo/Seth Perlman
There's a good reason China took aim at US soybean exports when it announced its latest list of retaliatory tariffs.
It is no accident that practices of meditation and mindfulness have become so ubiquitous in our neoliberal times.
While sovereign governments need to develop coherent frameworks to regulate cryptocurrency, permanent solutions will be found through international co-operation.
Futures trading is driving up the price of Bitcoin but institutional investors remain cautious.
Ready to pop?
An analysis of Bitcoin's fundamentals shows how much of a bubble its price has inflated to.
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High streets are being taken over in a battle between specialty cafés and the
Climate change could severely impact the world’s coffee-producing nations and turn a cup of decent java into a luxury in the years to come.
By 2100, more than 50 per cent of the land now used to grow coffee will no longer be arable. Climate change is changing the game to such an extent that Canada could one day become a coffee producer.
Sparks fly: workers produce steel at a small plant in Shenyang, northeast China.
Politicians in Europe, the US and the UK have blamed steel industry woes on artificially cheap imports.
South Africa’s Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago.
The South African Reserve Bank has come under spotlight due to the critical role it must play in enabling the country to navigate rough waters. Governor Lesetja Kganyago shares his views.
Scientists' success in producing synthetic vanilla flavouring means it is used 99% of the time. So why does the price of genuine beans keep rising?
2016 was a year of mixed fortunes in the development course of Africa.
The 'Africa Rising' narrative was disturbed in 2016 by a combination of factors. But the continent is still on firm economic development footing.
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More than 95% of industrial diamonds are synthetic so why aren't more people using them in engagement rings?
A Trump presidency is bound to put pressure on commodity prices in the long term.
Even though commodities rallied after the election of Trump, the benefit of this to Australia's budget could be short lived due to volatility.
There are short term signs that the most recent downturn in commodities may not last so long.
The mining industry is more resilient because of the recent downturn and it will be global supply and demand that will affect these companies in the future.
Mineral processing tailings are pumped into a storage facility. Are there still valuable commodities in this waste?
Identifying mine waste materials as economic resources will help support global demand for critical metals, boosting the mining industry during the downturn. All with environmental benefits.
The first years of the millennium were kind to government finances. A benign economic environment, and a once-in-a-century commodity boom fuelled by Chinese growth, helped the Federal budget to a cumulative…
Staring into the abyss.
The US has already tried to save a steel industry, and its undercooked response holds some valuable lessons.
Is the coal train leaving town?
We hear a lot about how essential coal and other mineral exports are for Australia. Is it true? Only for a relatively small section of the population.