A recent article in the Vancouver Sun illustrates the near impossibility of making greener decisions – like biking to work – without mining.
The Financial Post recently published a special report on water use in the oil sands written by Mark Young.
Back in the 1950’s and 60’s geologists started pointing out that projections for economic growth in the near future would require using more basic materials – copper, iron, lead, zinc, oil and natural gas, etc., – than have been used since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the late 17th century. This caused concern and governments in developed countries in Europe and North America and scientists from many disciplines began looking into the field of “mineral availability”.
Mining.com has an interesting article about an impending price war and renewed global competition over a group of elements known as the “rare earths.”
A commentary in the Globe by Brian Lee Crowley highlights the importance of the institutional framework, and not simply the presence of natural resources, as a key ingredient for wealth.
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