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  • Colin Barnett, premier of Western Australia, speaks during a conference.

    Colin Barnett, Premier of resource-rich Western Australia told CNBC on Friday that the federal government's mining tax is unfair and unconstitutional.

  • Emerging economies have been moving into clean technology and green energy at a pace that would surprise many. A recent , produced with the Boston Consulting Group identified some  profiting handsomely from sustainability. For example, Brazilian cosmetics giant Natura awards bonuses based on contributions to the company’s financial, environmental and social targets. Indian agriculture manufacturer Jain Irrigation Systems encourages farming practices that maximizes crop yields with less water. "N

    Emerging economies have been moving into clean technology and green energy at a pace that would surprise many.

  • "Apparently the President was not required to take a course in economics and learn about supply and demand", writes William Dunkelberg, Economics Professor at Temple University.

  • ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson

    ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson and IHS CERA chairman Daniel Yergin discuss the roles of government and the private sector in energy development and creating a climate for investment in new technologies. From CERAWeek, the world's premier energy conference.

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    Electric vehicles will continue to generate hype at auto shows around the world, but today’s limited battery technology will prevent them from crowding dealer lots for years to come.

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    In coming years, energy from waste-heat recovery systems could be the greenest power available, while letting more U.S. businesses squeeze extra energy out of their power bills.

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    Even as certain tax credits and funding from Washington have dried up, U.S. states remain in competition for clean energy funding, especially from venture capitalists.

  • An official in a full radiation protection suit scans an evacuated elderly woman with a geiger counter to check radiation levels in Koriyama city in Fukushima prefecture.

    In the darkest moments of last year’s nuclear accident, Japanese leaders did not know the actual extent of damage at the plant and secretly considered the possibility of evacuating Tokyo, an independent investigation into the accident disclosed.  The NYT reports.

  • I drive about 25,000 miles a year, so changes in gas prices are something I notice. I spend about $13/day just for the round trip commute to work, assuming I don't also drive myself to a story.

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    On the cusp of trial over the catastrophic 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, phalanxes of lawyers, executives and public officials have spent the waning days in settlement talks.

  • Europe Carbon Tax: Cooler Heads to Prevail

    Andrew Herdman, Director General, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines talks to CNBC about the aviation sector's reaction towards the EU's carbon tax.

  • Sinking cruise ship in Giglio Porto, Italy

    Underwater pumping operations began Sunday to remove some of the 500,000 gallons of fuel aboard the Costa Concordia, officials said, nearly a month after the cruise ship ran aground off Tuscany.

  • The Syncrude oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta Province, Canada.

    Canada will focus on exporting oil and other goods to China and other booming Asian economies even if Washington overturns its decision to block a pipeline that would have sent more Canadian crude to the United States.     

  • Mining equipment is submerged by flood waters on January 6, 2011 in in the central Queensland city of Rockhampton, Australia.

    An Australian military aircraft on Friday was due to deliver needed supplies to a flood-stricken town hit by the worst of summer flooding in eastern parts of the country, with coal mining and agriculture also affected.

  • America’s infrastructure can and should be built with American steel. That is why current Buy America provisions are so important, and why efforts to circumvent these provisions, such as California used in the Bay Bridge project, need to be stopped.

  • An auto rickshaw or tuk tuk drives along a street in Bangkok on January 13, 2009. The tuk-tuk, so-called because of the noise it makes when it starts, has been adopted as a Thai symbol, it actually originates in Japan. The motorized version reached Thailand in 1959, and after a few technical and aesthetic modifications, it became the colourful, open-air vehicle seen careering across Thailand today.

    Thailand’s economy has the potential to grow at 7 percent in 2012, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Kittirat Na-Ranong, told CNBC Friday. He added that the billions being spent this year on post-flood reconstruction projects would help boost the economy.

  • Crude Rallies on Chinese GDP

    Crude prices rise on Chinese GDP data, with CNBC's Bertha Coombs.

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    The carbon offset market enables business travelers to balance their impact on the planet by purchasing tax-deductible credits toward a project that reduces carbon dioxide emissions elsewhere.

  • VC Backs Life Sciences

    Sanofi and two venture capital firms announced Tuesday that they are investing in bio-tech start-up "Warp Drive," with Oliver Fetzer, Cerulean Pharma Inc. CEO, and Terry McGuire, Polaris Venture Partners.

  • Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford charges the Ford Focus EV during the vehicle's reveal in early 2011.

    While electric vehicles will continue to garner more hype at the North American International Auto Show this year, today’s battery technology will keep the so-called EVs a niche product for years to come.