The Guardian reported yesterday that the current "upgrade mentality," which spurs consumers to "replace perfectly good IT solutions or devices with new technology," is increasing the likelihood of a rare earths shortage.
Articles Tagged "pollution"
Lynas Corporation recently announced the successful commissioning of the cracking and leaching extraction units at its Malaysian facility, but ongoing protests and scathing environmental reports are hindering progress.
Globe and Mail reported that higher pollution controls will be good for the global rare earth industry.
Reuters Africa reports that China is preparing to release new rare earths mining industry standards to reduce pollution.
China’s pollution problems are well documented, and the government has started to show a desire to act on them. The Chinese control 97 percent of the rare earth supply, which is needed for numerous sustainable energy technologies. China could be in the driver’s seat of a new green economy selling not only rare earths, but finished sustainable energy technology.