Natural Resources

Plastic vs Aluminium: How is the bottled water industry changing?

It is no surprise that plastic pollution is a global problem in today’s world. Plastic water bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are a key contributor to the issues regarding the sustainability of oceans and the environment. According to the WWF, over 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year. Among…

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The Untapped Mineral Fortune Under North Korea

Despite the economy of North Korea estimated to be roughly forty times smaller than that of the South, North Korea has the advantage in one field – mineral wealth. With the second largest magnesite deposit in the world, North Korea also has abundance of metals such as zinc, tungsten, iron, as well as sizeable deposits…

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The biggest IPO in history: Saudi Aramco

‘The most profitable company in the world’ has now become the most valuable firm in the world. After raising $25.6bn in the world’s biggest IPO for a 1.5% stake, Saudi Aramco – the biggest oil company in the world – is now valued at a whopping $1.7tn. Although this falls below the initial expectations of…

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The Future of Renewable Energy: Moth-Poulsen’s Molecule

For decades, renewable energy has been at the forefront of scientific efforts tackling issues surrounding climate change and the depletion of natural resources. Research conducted by Kasper Moth-Poulsen and his team of scientists at Chalmers University, Sweden, has led to a ground-breaking discovery. The solution that they have been working on for over 11 years…

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Has the shale gas revolution come to its end?

It was once promised by British Prime Minister David Cameron that fracking shale rocks would transform the energy sector within the U.K.. Announced as the ‘shale gas revolution,’ the fracking of shale rocks was meant to lead to an increase in gas reserves to reduce imports for the U.K.. Not only would investment in this…

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Gold Prices

“Gold is headed for its biggest weekly decline in more than two years” according to the Financial Times. Renewed trade talks between the U.S. and China seems to be the driver for a restoration of confidence in U.S. equities markets, leading to a decline in demand for the traditional safe haven for cautious investors. Gold…

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Uncertainty in the Soybean Markets by Bhawesh Vasnani

The top 5 soybean produces in the world are Brazil, The United States of America, Argentina, Paraguay, and Canada. The top three producers of soybean are all going through several domestic issues which will inevitably have a knock-on effect upon soybean futures. A demand surge in soybean can also be predicted using data and analysing…

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Shale Band Theory: Fact or Fiction? By William Hawthorne

Prior to the U.S. shale oil revolution – which caused total U.S. oil production to increase from 5.1 MMbd in 2011 to 8.3 MMbd in 2014 – there was only one stabilizing force: OPEC. Before this, most non-OPEC oil production fell into one of two categories: major offshore projects and mature onshore wells. These supply…

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The Modernisation of Saudi Arabia’s Economy. By Kusum Sull

Saudi Arabia’s competitive economic edge for the last several decades has undoubtedly been due to its vast oil reserves. However, as major economies continue to shift their focus towards more sustainable commodities, Saudi Arabia has recognised the need to modernise their own economy rightly so. Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s reforms to progress the Saudi…

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Brazilian Coffee: A Hot Future? By Bhawesh Vasnani

Brazil is responsible for a third of the world’s coffee, which makes the country the largest producer of the commodity. Coffee is the second most traded commodity (behind only crude oil), with the market valuation estimated to be near 100 billion dollars. Brazil’s coffee production levels highlight their importance on the world markets and their…

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