The appetite for electric cars is driving a boom in small-scale cobalt production in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where some mines have been found to be dangerous and employ child labor.
In the thrilling world of multinational industrial policy, it’s about as high-stakes a fight as you can get.
When the discussion turns to the rising costs of living in many global cities, one factor rarely goes unmentioned: public transportation fees. New Yorkers spend only about $116.50 per month on average, compared with as much as $200 in London.
The United Arab Emirates, a model Persian Gulf petro-state where endless billions from crude exports feed a giant sovereign wealth fund, isn’t the most obvious customer for Texan oil.
Venezuela is a failed state. Despite oil prices doubling since their lows in January 2016, the state-owned PDVSA is in no better shape.
Morning in Delhi, the world’s most polluted megacity: the alarm erupts, the coffee boils, and I look out the window.
Air pollution in London has reached the legal limit for the whole of 2018 less than a month into the year, prompting calls for the government to “get a grip and show they’re serious about protecting health”.
Donald Trump tweeted something true recently. Responding to the protests in Iran, the US president stated that “The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered.”
Drug gangs pressure refinery workers to tap the lifeblood of Mexico’s oil industry. One former worker fled the country. One former gang member helps authorities understand the racket.
For a century, the U.S. auto industry was the world’s largest. That ended in 2009, when China’s sales of 13.5 million new vehicles surpassed a recession-slammed U.S. total of 10.4 million.