Cerium and erbum might not be metals you’ve ever heard of, but once we run out of them--and we will--texting and emailing is going to get a lot harder. This infographic breaks down our constant demand for rare earths.
China's decreasing rate of rare earth exports is forcing the world to scramble for alternative sources. Now the Japanese have artificially produced a palladium-like metal, commonly used for catalytic converters.
Traveling around Silicon Valley last week, I heard the David vs. Goliath story over and again, but in surprisingly different versions. In some, David (in the form of a cleantech start-up) aims to kill incumbent market giants, in others they end up in bed together. Yes, this was San Francisco, but it seems we are seeing a seismic shift in the cleantech industry's underlying narrative.
Investing in clean technology might be the way out of thismessy economy, but first you've got to tackle things like leveraging the stimulus package and "mapping the green IT landscape." More than 30 leading professions are convening in Portland to discuss sustainability, carbon tracking, remote communications and other environmentally-friendly solutions to help your business rake in more green in coming months.