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Rare earth elements in the periodic table

Infographic: Rare Earth Elements and Sustainable Technology

Rare earth elements consist of a group of seventeen chemical elements grouped together on the periodic table. Since 1950 demand for these elements has exploded as a key component of the technology the drives our modern society. From cell phones, TV and computer displays, and fuel cells to critical defense applications, these elements make our contemporary life possible. While not…

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New Materials Promise to Dramatically Drop Photovoltaic Prices

What si the single most significant barrier to widespread use of alternative energy?  Is it the right wing climate change skeptics?  No.  It’s economics.  If there is not money to be made at the same scale as in the fossil fuel industry, and if renewable, clean energy does not become cheaper than fossil fuels, alternative energy doesn’t stand a chance…

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Rare Earth Metals Deep in the Pacific; France Bans Fracking; Exxon Still Funding Climate Denial, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The Tanzanian government is allowing uranium mining in a nature reserve. Profits from the mining are supposed to go into upkeep of the park and the government estimates that the mining will have no effect on the natural or human environment. Modern technology uses a…

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro New Wrap: Drilling vs. Gas Prices; Three Gorges Dam has Problems; China Controls Rare Earth Extraction, and more

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Shell is building a monstrous offshore natural gas platform. The rig won’t be ready until 2017, which means that Shell is banking on the world needing large amounts of natural gas in the next 30 years. Companies like Shell tell us that they are a…

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The latest environmental news headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Dirty Apple; Sustainable Sushi; Laser Spark Plugs, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: I had sushi for lunch, and its always an internal conflict. Which fish should I eat? Should I not eat any fish at all because the fish of the ocean are going extinct, or should I eat a little while they are still available? At…

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