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  • The coming lithium rush

    Smart phones, tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronics demand more lithium. But the largest driver for future lithium use will be in electric vehicles and home batteries for solar panels. That has lithium on the verge a boom for which supply can no longer be taken for granted.

  • Low oil prices unnerve global markets

    A renewed downturn in oil prices is sparking pessimism among traders. In recent weeks speculators have taken the most bearish position on oil in years.

  • Bad news for Russia: Oil prices are falling again

    Russia is facing a mounting fiscal crisis as the combination of low oil prices and western sanctions continue to take their toll. 

  • Cuba eyes oil and gas for economic boost

    Cuba is in the process of opening up its economy to foreign investment, a process that could accelerate following the recent thaw in relations between Havana and Washington. 

  • US coal is in trouble

    After decades of strong financial numbers and dominance in the electric power sector, US coal producers are starting to fall apart faster than anyone could have anticipated. 

  • Iran nuclear deal: what it means for natural gas

    With a nuclear deal in hand, it's not just oil that Iranians can offer. The country has the second biggest natural gas reserves in the world.

  • Why Mexico's historic oil bid wasn't a complete flop

    Mexico's first private oil bidding did not pan out as those eager to invest had hoped, write Jeremy Martin and Alexis Arthur of the Institute of the Americas. But the uninspiring results are only the beginning, not the end, of Mexico's historic energy reform.

August 4, 2015

Photos of the day 08/04

A girl swims in front of a large cutout that raises awareness of water shortage, at the Han River Park in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday. A heat wave warning was issued in Seoul as temperatures soared above 90 degrees F.

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