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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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