Environment

Can the U.S. Break China’s Rare Earth Monopoly?

A strip mine near Globe Arizona, circa 1990; cc Flickr Phillip Capper, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Rare earths have emerged as a new variable in the US-China trade war. Is China’s near-monopoly on these strategic resources its ultimate trump card, or will US producers be able to diversify supply amid the new normal of bilateral tension.

Glacier Watch: Indus Basin

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Pakistan’s water issues will go from bad to worse after glaciers in the Indus Basin pass the peak water mark later this century.

Glacier Watch: Indus Basin

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Zac and Nick discuss economic and political considerations stemming from the long-term decline of the Indus Basin, focusing on Pakistan's water woes in particular. Recorded on May 5, 2019.

Glacier Watch: China-Kazakhstan Water Conflict and the Lake Balkhash Basin

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Glacier shrinkage in the Lake Balkhash basin is set to exacerbate water shortages in an already arid part of the world, creating a potential water conflict between China and Kazakhstan.

Vietnam’s Struggle to Overcome the Legacy of US Bombs

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Will ‘America First’ bring about a premature end to US financial assistance for cleaning up unexploded ordinance from the Vietnam War?

How Belt and Road Is Upending the Beijing Consensus

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When it comes to coal, Beijing is preaching water but drinking wine.

Can AMLO Save Mexico’s Pemex?

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The newly elected president has set out to reverse the long-term decline of Mexico’s state-owned oil giant. But he’s going to have his work cut out for him.

Outlook 2019: The Year in Drought

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Tracking some of the most vulnerable and food-insecure regions in what is expected to be the hottest year ever.

COP24 Deal Celebrations to Be Short-Lived

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The COP24 agreement is being hyped as a win, but the Paris process remains woefully unfit for task in tackling global warming.

IPCC Report: Demise of the ‘Here-Us-Now’ Civilization

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A new world of consensus and collaboration is not a better place. It is the only way for the human race to survive.

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