Helium is a vital element in several industries, and a global shortage could have devastating effects.
Renewed helium exploration in Western Canada may provide new sources to address the global shortage.
The discovery of oil can make or break a country’s economy.
With ExxonMobil set to begin oil production in Guyana next year, this tiny South American country will soon become unthinkably rich. But neighboring Venezuela shows how an oil boom can go bust.
No, please, after you.
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People may be more willing to share scarce resources they really need than apocalyptic Hollywood movies may suggest.
Local communities need to know that old coal seam gas wells aren’t going to cause ongoing problems.
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The coal seam gas industry and its regulators still have work to do in persuading local communities that old wells can be decommissioned without future problems, according to new CSIRO research.
Development is peaking in the high country between India and China.
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For decades, China and India have clashed over their disputed Himalayan border. This clash is also playing out via a development boom that threatens the health of one of the world's biggest river catchments.
Before taking that tempting upgrade, ask yourself if it’s really necessary.
The most sustainable phone is the one you already own. But if you're in the market for a new handset, consider choosing one with replaceable parts to avoid having to replace the whole thing again.
A Chinese road-building corporation felling rainforest in the Congo Basin.
Chinese investment is driving an unprecedented investment boom in global infrastructure. But despite its claims to be pursuing green development, China's building bonanza is harming the planet.
Cities like Melbourne are a store for such huge amounts of resources that they could be used as urban mines.
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With an ever-increasing cost to extract dwindling raw materials, it's time to look at cities as urban mines. We're developing the tools to do that.
What happens when the gap between a company and its umbrella group gets too wide? We're about to find out.
Margaret Morton’s photographs of the homeless highlighted their makeshift dwellings as symbols of creativity and resourcefulness.
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Even though they don't consistently have a roof over their heads, the homeless do their best to create a routine, form communities and make a home – just like the rest of society.
BHP will go back to the future following the move to ditch “Billiton” from it’s name.
BHP's rebrand is unlikely to affect the bottom line, research shows. But if it improves relations with politicians and voters, it would still be a success.
Western Australia’s largest private solar array covers the roof of this food distribution centre in Perth’s south.
Despite its name, the National Electricity Market doesn't reach WA. But those charged with guiding the eastern states' energy transition should look west once in a while.
No matter how hard we dig, the Earth’s resources are ultimately finite.
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Even supposedly "green" technologies such as renewable energy require materials, land and solar exposure and cannot grow indefinitely on this planet.
Norweigian oil rig.
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Paul Cleary makes a good case as to why Australia should follow Norway as an example of how to tax miners in Trillion Dollar Baby.
A market in Zambia. The Anthropocene in this case looks at the world positively and how to overcome challenges.
The Anthropocene is often associated with problems such as climate change and inequality. But there is also hope that it can come with positive change for the benefit of people.
Australia failed to properly capitalise on the resources boom.
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How WA managed to emerge from the mining boom with an estimated debt burden of $40 billion is one of the West’s great mysteries. Or not, if you bother to look more closely.
Australians are missing out on revenue from our country’s natural resources.
The petroleum resource rent tax must be reformed to generate any significant revenue.
Getting around on a bike, a (mostly) fun way to travel green.
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Luxury holidays aren't just a dent in your bank balance – they're also doing untold harm to the environment. But you can have a good, green holiday.
iPhones, Boeing 787s, Teslas and a whole host of other technologies all rely on rare metals – so much so that a new era beckons.
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.