The Rare Earth Crisis Is Over

Or at least we’re getting to the beginning of the end of the rare earth supply crisis. Lynas has actually switched on its separation plant in Malaysia: Lynas has been embroiled in lengthy environmental and safety disputes with local residents since construction began two years ago. Its $800 million plant, which opponents say is environmentally … Continue reading The Rare Earth Crisis Is Over

Scientists See Promise for People and Nature as ‘Peak Farmland’ Looms

The study, “Peak Farmland and the Prospects for Sparing Nature,” is by Ausubel, Iddo K. Wernick and Paul E. Waggoner and will be published next year as part of a special supplement to the journal Population and Development Review, published by the Population Council. Drawing on a host of data sets, the authors conclude that … Continue reading Scientists See Promise for People and Nature as ‘Peak Farmland’ Looms

Cost of combating climate change surges as world delays – study

An agreement by almost 200 nations to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions from 2020 will be far more costly than taking action now to tackle climate change, according to research published on Wednesday. Quick measures to cut emissions would give a far better chance of keeping global warming within an agreed U.N. limit of 2 … Continue reading Cost of combating climate change surges as world delays – study

In Fields and Markets, Guatemalans Feel Squeeze of Biofuel Demand

In the tiny tortillerias of this city, people complain ceaselessly about the high price of corn. Just three years ago, one quetzal — about 15 cents — bought eight tortillas; today it buys only four. And eggs have tripled in price because chickens eat corn feed. Meanwhile, in rural areas, subsistence farmers struggle to find … Continue reading In Fields and Markets, Guatemalans Feel Squeeze of Biofuel Demand

Carbon Tax Getting Serious Consideration As CBO Seeks To Address Regressiveness

CBO estimates that a carbon tax that yielded $103 per ton of carbon released would cost the average low-income family (lowest 20%) about $425 per year.  Top 20% families would end up paying $1,380 per year.  This is on the regressive side since it would represent 2.5% of the after-tax income of lower income families and … Continue reading Carbon Tax Getting Serious Consideration As CBO Seeks To Address Regressiveness

How Would We Implement A Carbon Tax? (Almost) Everything You Need To Know

If you had told me on Tuesday morning that I was about to spend my day at a standing room only event that had nothing to do with the election, I would’ve said, “But, I’m not planning to go to a David Petraeus news conference!”  Ah, but it turns out that there are other topics … Continue reading How Would We Implement A Carbon Tax? (Almost) Everything You Need To Know

EU backs down on airline carbon tax

The European Union backed down Monday from a plan to levy carbon emission surcharges on international flights entering or exiting the Continent. Monday’s move came in the face of strong protests from the Obama administration, India, China and other nations that have protested the Emissions Trading System, or ETS, calling the tax an attack on … Continue reading EU backs down on airline carbon tax

Five Essential EPA Pollution Rules To Finalize In Obama’s First Term

In the wake of Tuesday’s historic presidential victory, a newly reelected President Barack Obama can continue his efforts to protect our nation’s public health from the ravages of pollution. Voters rejected Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s high-profile campaign proposals to rely on antiquated, dirty, coal-fired power plants and overturn other new public health safeguards. The … Continue reading Five Essential EPA Pollution Rules To Finalize In Obama’s First Term

World Grain Reserves ‘At A Very Low Level, Leaving No Room’ For Extreme Weather, Warns UN

World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned. [Guardian] Failing harvests in the US, Ukraine and other countries this year have eroded reserves to their lowest level since 1974. The US, which … Continue reading World Grain Reserves ‘At A Very Low Level, Leaving No Room’ For Extreme Weather, Warns UN

The Long Term Tie Between Energy Supply, Population, and the Economy

The tie between energy supply, population, and the economy goes back to the hunter-gatherer period. Hunter-gatherers managed to multiply their population at least 4-fold, and perhaps by as much as 25-fold, by using energy techniques which allowed them to expand their territory from central Africa to virtually the whole world, including the Americas and Australia. … Continue reading The Long Term Tie Between Energy Supply, Population, and the Economy