Minerals

Why should you be interested in helium?

Posted on 28 October 2011 by Steven Smith

Helium is the second most abundant element in the known universe, after hydrogen. Strangely, however, a shortage of helium will be faced in the near future (Scholes, 2011).

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Rare Earth Elements in oceanic mud – saviour of the new energy and electronics industries?

Posted on 14 July 2011 by Steven Smith

News outlets have recently been busy reporting a new paper in Nature Geoscience from a Japanese team documenting very large amounts of Rare Earth Elements (REE) in the mud at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

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Energy is neither renewable nor sustainable

Posted on 21 April 2011 by Steven Smith

The pressure is on to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change. The way proposed by most people is to switch away from fossil fuels to alternatives such as wind, solar, tidal and geothermal. Such alternative energy sources are often described as ‘renewable’ or ‘sustainable’. This terminology implies to most people that such alternatives can meet our energy demands in perpetuity, without polluting the environment. This is wrong, and will lead to serious errors in policy making.

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