Vital Signs: Commodity Supercycle Slows Down 2012

I’ve ventured into new research territory this year writing for Worldwatch’s Vital Signs series. The more I explored renewable energy technology the more I heard about precious metals and commodities, which led to wondering how those markets work. It’s not an exhaustive study, but it does give a bird’s eye view of how this market has behaved in the last decade and what that has meant for the global economy. Feel free to download a bit of light reading, and check out the press release here.

Nominal average price of crude oil, 1980-2012.