The world’s first futures market for water launched in California in December. Two commodities experts explain how it works, what the potential problems are and why there’s no reason to freak out.
The magnetic group of rare earths, used in the production of powerful magnets, will be a driver for the market into the future.
Australia needs to move beyond mining graphite and invest in processes that convert it into synthetic diamonds and use it to create carbon fibres.
If Australia investments in technology to recycle and lease lithium, it could capitalise on its increasing use in batteries.
Even if the price of iron ore remains low, Australia is still well placed to benefit from this resource in the future.