Minerals are part of sustainability

Wind turbines, solar panels, electric cars, bicycles, trolley buses, ecohomes – all green infrastructure is made entirely or largely from minerals, which must be produced locally or imported.

Minerals lie at the heart of modern society. Mining is not an option; it is necessary to economic and social sustainability. On that basis, the debate is about where to mine, and under what environmental conditions, with an eye also on cultural interests and concerns.

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Green Economy

The green economy is a concept cherished across the political spectrum. Of interest is that it will require more mining, not less.

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Resources can never run out

In 1980, Paul Ehrlich, biologist and author of “The Population Bomb” (1968), made a bet with technological optimist Julian Simon that the prices of five commodities would increase over the next decade.

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