Iron ore piles at Dampier, Western Australia. Australia could convert iron oxide to metal for export, producing it with no emissions.
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Eminent economist Ross Garnaut says if climate action fails, he fears the consequences 'would be beyond contemporary Australia'. But zero-emissions iron and aluminium could be the way forward.
Where does it go from here?
China, which once processed much of the world's scrap, has slashed imports of "foreign garbage." What can the US do to step up recycling at home?
No longer tangled and pointing in the right direction.
Fixes for small pieces of massive problems show that overarching crises may be less hopeless than they appear.
Kentucky bourbon is among the products targeted with retaliatory tariffs by the EU.
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Trump has started a trade war with China and much of the world. Here's what you need to know.
A jumble of steel scrap.
If the US were to stop dumping these valuable metals in landfills and to cease exporting them as cheap scrap, its imports could fall, and there would be less of these metals being made from scratch.
Don’t forget your friends.
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The Trump administration recently imposed tariffs of up to 25 percent on foreign steel and aluminum – including from the EU, Canada and Mexico, the three biggest markets for American goods.
There’s a reason investors don’t like trade wars.
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President Trump says 'trade wars are good,' but history tells a very different story.
Economic history suggests Trump’s ‘America First’ trade policies will put the U.S. last.
The president's tariffs on steel and China mirror the misguided trade policies that helped precipitate the Great Depression.
US President Donald Trump in 2017 and George W. Bush in 2008.
On March 1, Donald Trump imposed a series of steel and aluminum tariffs. To understand their potential impact, it's instructive to look at what happened after George W. Bush enacted similar measures in 2002.
Miners in several countries have suffered the side-effects of the gold bonanza.
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Canada rushed to counter a deadly lung disease afflicting gold miners in the early 20th century. The "quick fix" cure that was invented is a symbol of the lurch towards global industrialization.