More than two-thirds of the world’s cobalt is supplied by the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Demand for cobalt is expected to rise at about 7% year over year to over 100,000 tonnes by 2016 and industry experts say more stable sources of cobalt are needed.
Mining companies are now stepping back in time and are shifting exploration efforts to ever more remote, geo-politically challenged locations in a search for laterite ore because of a lack of discovery of new nickel sulfide deposits.
Gazprom has Europe's natural gas market in a stranglehold and Europe is attempting to fight back, first with a raid last year on the Russian giant's offices and then with a probe launched earlier this week against its allegedly illicit efforts to control the EU's natural gas supplies.
Far from icebound, Greenland is wealthy in rare earth elements, precious metals and oil. Already, says the Aheadoftheherd.com publisher, companies are beginning to outline major discoveries at just pennies a share.
Recently a plethora of alternative names have been proposed and promoted for what were once known as the specialty or minor metals. These mostly obscure elements span the gamut from the lightest to the heaviest on the periodic table.
Now is the perfect time to invest in natural gas stocks. To many investors, that may seem counterintuitive. After all, natural gas has been the red-headed stepchild of energy for years. But prices for this plentiful alternative fuel are just beginning to turn higher.
Washington misses the point about rare earth element supply, says the founder of J.A. Green & Co. while explaining the fragmented policy developments in pending WTO action and arguing that the US needs to develop a domestic supply chain in order to remain competitive