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Mining the Planet to Death The Dirty Truth About Clean Technologies

The poor South is being exploited so that the rich North can transition to environmental sustainability. Entire swaths of land are being destroyed to secure the resources needed to produce wind turbines and solar cells. Are there alternatives?
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“We are using resources of the future to pay for the present.”

Resources researcher Mathis Wackernagel

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“Our planning horizon spans decades."

Antofagasta CEO Arriagada

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"We can’t limit ourselves to just operating sustainably in our own factories."

BMW sustainability manager Patrick Hudde

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"If producers would label their circuit boards, we would later, in the recycling process, be able to specifically remove certain metals before they are melted down."

Aurubis metallurgist Christian Plitzko

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