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  • Don't laugh: Lack of toilets signals deadly crisis Friday, 15 Nov 2013 | 12:07 PM ET
    An Indian man washes in a toilet complex run by an NGO Sulabh International at a railway station in New Delhi.

    "Think of living in a giant cesspool and you get some idea of the problem," said one expert about the lack of good sanitation for billions of people.

  • The global metals war taking place in Iowa Tuesday, 8 Oct 2013 | 6:23 PM ET
    Materials researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory use this melt spinner to form metallic glass

    Rare earth minerals aren’t as rare as you think, and won’t even be close to rare again if a bunch of Iowa-based scientists know what they’re doing.

  • Warning: Many US watersheds failing stress test Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    A new report says that many watersheds in the U.S. are seriously stressed, with demand for water exceeding the natural supply of the resource.

  • Stock strategies for the end of the world Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Mana Pools National Park. Zimbabwe

    You can't make money from hoarding bottled water—yet. But you can make money by investing in the coming apocalypse. Here's how.

  • The electric slide: Where can I plug in my Prius? Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 4:10 PM ET
    Electric car charging station demonstration

    The electric car is on the fast track, but drivers need to charge up their engines. New ventures are getting the EV charger marketplace in gear.

  • Big global challenge: Men don't like condoms Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 1:26 PM ET
    Employees inspect condoms on a production line in South Korea.

    For more than 200 million women in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia (India), lack of contraception is a life-changing issue, and at the heart of looming global resource scarcity.

  • Scarceonomics: Oil sheiks learning to farm Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 | 7:30 AM ET
    A desalination plant.

    Oil sheiks learning to farm; sustainable Chinese bacon; fresh water in the desert, Rio's workers stringing LED bulbs across Copacabana. This is the new reality of scareconomics.

  • A hungry world: Lots of food, in too few places Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | 8:39 AM ET
    Afghan children, who salvage recyclable items from garbage to make a living, eat a meal of rice in Jalalabad on June 30, 2013.

    An estimated 870 million people suffer from hunger on daily. But the problem isn't that we have too little food, experts say—it's what we do with the food we have.

  • As drought spreads, firms could be up the creek Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 | 2:34 PM ET
    2011 file photo what had been a cotton field near Hermleigh, Texas, left barren by drought.

    Most companies do not have a water management plan, but as water shortages spread around the globe, corporations will be courting disaster.

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  • The Apple store on the Upper West Side in New York, July 20, 2014.

    Consumers grew more confident about the economy in July, The Conference Board reported on Tuesday, as expectations built for the recovery.

  • For Sale' signs stand in front of a house in Seattle, Washington, July 20, 2014.

    Robert Shiller told CNBC that while home prices are falling only slightly, "there's some clear evidence of a weakening."

  • The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve building in Washington.

    CNBC's Fed Survey shows market pros aren't very confident the Fed can end its easy money polices without a market crash, a recession or bad inflation.