Green Energy’s Dirty Secret: Its Hunger for African Resources
The scramble for battery metals threatens to replicate one of the most destructive dynamics in global economic history.
Race to the Bottom: Deep Sea Mining Is the Next Frontier
The untapped trove of metals on the ocean floor might be the key to a greener future—or an environmental catastrophe.
China Wants Its Investments in Afghanistan to Be Safer Than in Pakistan
Beijing could profit handsomely from Afghan resources and exports, but new ventures risk exposing Chinese nationals to violence.
Russia’s Resource Grab in Ukraine
Ukraine’s extraordinary riches in energy, minerals, and agriculture are a prize for the Kremlin.
Putin’s War Threatens Microchips, Teeth, and Beer
Russia’s invasion has torn asunder oil and agricultural markets. But there’s lots more economic carnage on the way.
The Great Sand Grab
Modern civilizations are forged with sand, but soaring extraction has come at an alarming price.
Zimbabwe’s Chance to Shine
Its ascent to a leadership role in international diamond accreditation is an opportunity for the industry to clean up its act.
Can Mining the Seabed Help Save the Planet?
Few other issues better illustrate the messy trade-offs involved in climate policy.
When the Rubber Hits the Road
A new book on Firestone Liberia highlights the stark choices faced by countries where capital is in short supply.
Iran’s Biggest Problem Is Water
With supplies running out, water security could be the issue that finally makes the region’s countries work together.
Why Rare Earths Are the Key to Just About Everything
They’re not actually that rare, but their importance to almost all modern technologies cannot be overstated.
56,000 Greenlanders Could Shape the Future of Rare Earths
Washington and Beijing are watching a snap election on the huge island closely.
How Eight Pacific Island States Are Saving the World’s Tuna
They have created a strikingly successful scheme that prevents overfishing and raises local incomes at once.
America Needs a Supercharged Space Program
It could build entire industries, create new jobs, green the economy—and unite the country behind a common purpose.
Don’t Politicize Water
Despite deteriorating relations in recent years, Israel and Jordan should return to a history of cooperation on water resources.
The Blue Nile Is Dammed
Geopolitics, water security, and health will keep the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam alive.