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European Union to Stockpile Rare Earth Elements

European Union to Stockpile Rare Earth Elements

Sep 08, 2011 at 08:06 | Professor Chris Rhodes

In the light of the Chinese hegemony for its own energy projects, it is feared that restrictions in the global supply of rare earth elements (REEs)will ensue. Until last year,…

China Using Rare Earths as a Weapon

China Using Rare Earths as a Weapon

Sep 05, 2011 at 18:52 | Joao Peixe

China is currently responsible for more than 90 percent of the worlds rare-earth production, and some analysts allege that China is using its de facto monopoly to lure a high…

China - Record High Rare Earths Prices Promoting Illegal Mining

China - Record High Rare Earths Prices Promoting Illegal Mining

Aug 26, 2011 at 07:34 | John Daly

Six months ago, China's exports of rare earth elements (RREs) breached the dizzying price of $100,000 per-ton barrier, a nearly 900 percent increase in prices from a year before, representing…

China and Rare Earths - Monopoly for Now

China and Rare Earths - Monopoly for Now

Aug 10, 2011 at 11:28 | John Daly

First, the bad news - China's constrained rare earth supplies will be an "irreversible trend" and prices will remain at high levels, according to Zhang Zhong, general manager of Inner…

Mongolia Energy Riches Attract Neighbors and Outside Interests

Mongolia Energy Riches Attract Neighbors and Outside Interests

Aug 09, 2011 at 08:11 | John Daly

Pity poor Mongolia, bereft of fiscal resources, caught between the ambitions of its superpower neighbors, Russia and China. Ulaan Bator’s situation is akin to interwar Poland, dexterously attempting to reconcile…

China's Rare Earth Industry Coming under Greater Environmental Scrutiny

China's Rare Earth Industry Coming under Greater Environmental Scrutiny

Aug 04, 2011 at 07:25 | EcoSeed

China is planning to launch environmental checks for the rare earth industry this year to ensure environmental protection – a move that has been met with criticism from the local…

Mining and Better Business Practices in Mexico

Mining and Better Business Practices in Mexico

Jul 22, 2011 at 07:37 | Andrew Smolski

At the moment México has multiple mining operations and many are operated by transnational corporations, in a country known for its aversion to any form of foreign presence within its…

The Coming Crisis in Phosphate Supplies

The Coming Crisis in Phosphate Supplies

Jul 20, 2011 at 07:22 | David Gabel

Phosphate is a mineral that is used in fertilizer to boost agricultural productivity. It is greatly responsible for the "green" revolution and the increased output of farms around the world.…

Afghanistan: Mining Boom Nurtures Transparency Concerns

Afghanistan: Mining Boom Nurtures Transparency Concerns

Jul 14, 2011 at 07:57 | Editorial Dept

Go looking for Wahidullah Shahrani and chances are you’ll find him at an investor conference promoting Afghanistan as an ideal opportunity for global mining companies. By most accounts the minister…

China’s Great Grain Robbery

China’s Great Grain Robbery

Jul 13, 2011 at 07:41 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The Chinese are nothing if not opportunistic. You may recall that a shocking increase in this year’s corn crop predicted by the US Department of Agriculture triggered a series of…

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