natural resources

Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Humanity, Energy, and the Natural World

August 21, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Sustainability and Relationships

A new ‘zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking in the twenty-first century.[read more]

To Fight Climate Change we Have to Save the Rainforest

August 21, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

Rainforests and Climate Change

Most of us are concerned about how climate change will affect our corners of the world, but we need to be thinking about our most vital natural resources: tropical forests. Tropical and subtropical forests are the most biodiverse areas on the planet, and they even give us most of the oxygen we breathe.[read more]

America's First Oil Sands Producer and Other Natural Resources Surprises: Interview with Peter Epstein

August 16, 2014 by Jim Patrick

In 2011, CFA Peter Epstein left his senior analyst position at a $3B hedge fund and formed MockingJay Inc., a consultancy for companies in the natural resources space and an informal investment adviser to high-net-worth investors, family offices and funds.[read more]

Catalyst Check: Updating the Progress of Energy Stocks on the Natural Resources Watchlist

July 19, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Rick Rule, CEO of Sprott US Holdings Inc., began his career in the securities business in 1974. He is a leading American retail broker specializing in mining, energy, water utilities, forest products and agriculture. His company has built a national reputation on taking advantage of global opportunities.[read more]

I Almost Bought Hawaii's Electric Utility for $6B and Made It a Renewables Paradise

June 4, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Renewables Paradise?

I have a confession to make. In 2011 I became involved, in a small way, in a multi-billion-dollar scheme to buy out HECO, Hawaii's electric utility, and take it private. The plan was to shift HECO from its reliance on fossil fuels and allow the island to be powered by its natural gifts of geothermal, solar and wind.[read more]

Roads Change Everything

February 15, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Roads and the Environment

In Alaska, when politicians talk about building “Roads to Resources”-- new roads through pristine areas to get access to fossil fuels and minerals--the road often appears as a thin line on a map. No big deal. In reality, a road changes everything.[read more]

Why EIA, IEA, and Randers' 2052 Energy Forecasts are Wrong

January 16, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Energy Forecasts

What is the correct way to model the future course of energy and the economy? There are clearly huge amounts of oil, coal, and natural gas in the ground. With different approaches, researchers can obtain vastly different indications. But most researchers are modeling the wrong limit.[read more]

Living Better in 'The Finite World'

December 31, 2010 by Craig Severance

A Nobel Prize most likely awaits whomever can develop a workable model to prosper human welfare under conditions of declining resources. Will the answers come instead from ordinary people who are learning to live better in The Finite World?[read more]

The New Entrepreneurs vs. Canada’s natural resources economy

June 21, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

The G20 is set to get started in Toronto this weekend and it’s going to be a zoo. Canadians will end up spending $1 billion on security alone, and that’s just for a few days. The city’s downtown core will be in lockdown. Trees in the area have been removed for fear that protesters will use branches as weapons. Streets and businesses...[read more]

Follow the Money

January 31, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Some “killer facts” from Oxfam: • Over 60 percent of the world’s poorest people live in countries rich in natural resources – but they rarely share the wealth. • 12 of the world’s 25 most mineral-dependent countries and six of the world’s most oil-dependent countries are classified by the World Bank as “highly indebted...[read more]