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Our iPhones Are Depleting the Earth's Resources

Our iPhones Are Depleting the Earth's Resources | Earth Metal | Scoop.it

This infographic takes a look at this troubling technology trend, which is depleting the planet's supply of Rare Earth Elements.


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Japan to subsidize underwater rare earth venture | MINING.com

Japan to subsidize underwater rare earth venture | MINING.com | Earth Metal | Scoop.it
Tokyo’s new governor, Naoki Inose, announced the city would subsidize companies joining a project to mine rare earth elements from the seabed off Minami-Torishima Island, to the southeast of Tokyo.

 

by Cecilia Jamasmie:

 

Tokyo’s new governor, Naoki Inose, announced the city would subsidize companies joining a project to mine rare earth elements from the seabed off Minami-Torishima Island, to the southeast of Tokyo.

 

The Asahi Shimbum reports the measure aims to help local businesses and the national industry by reducing Japan’s dependence on China as a leading source of rare earths imports.

 

Experts estimate the Minami-Torishima island seabed holds rare earth deposits equivalent to more than 200 years of the amount Japan needs a year. But the extraction of those resources from the sea floor requires technology and funding. ...


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Interesting. This has been developing for a while now what with China's grip on this market.

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Hal's curator insight, December 19, 2012 1:46 PM

Interesting. This has been developing for a while now what with China's grip on this market.

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Kazakhstan: CNPC ordered to pay $50 million for environmental damage, fines - Business Insurance

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Kazakhstan: CNPC ordered to pay $50 million for environmental damage, fines Business Insurance China National Petroleum Corp.'s Kazakhstani subsidiary JSC CNPC-AktobeMunaiGas has been ordered to pay 7.7 billion Kazakhstani tenge ($49.8 million) for...

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WireNews+Co: IRW-Press: Tasman Achieves High Recovery In First Metallurgical Tests From Olserum Heavy Rare Earth Element Project, Sweden

WireNews+Co: IRW-Press: Tasman Achieves High Recovery In First Metallurgical Tests From Olserum Heavy Rare Earth Element Project, Sweden | Earth Metal | Scoop.it
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Rare Earth Metal Essential Element for Methane-Munching Acid-Volcano Microbe - Science Daily (press release)

Rare Earth Metal Essential Element for Methane-Munching Acid-Volcano Microbe - Science Daily (press release) | Earth Metal | Scoop.it
Rare Earth Metal Essential Element for Methane-Munching Acid-Volcano Microbe
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US lobby warns Pentagon against further dependence on Chinese rare earths | MINING.com

US lobby warns Pentagon against further dependence on Chinese rare earths | MINING.com | Earth Metal | Scoop.it

by Anthony Halley:


The Strategic Materials Advisory Council, a US lobby group, has called the Department of Defense's (DoD) decision to stockpile $120.43 million of heavy rare earth elements (HREEs) a "risky mitigation strategy" and urges "the creation and nurturing of a US-based  rare earth supply chain", reported Resource Investing News earlier today.

 

Rare earth metals are crucial to the production of a number high-tech and energy-related goods like smart phones, flat-screen TVs, drills, wind turbines, and electric cars. ...


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You might think it's just someone trying to game the system that it was a lobby that made the warning, but really, this is a very serious subject. China controls a huge junk of rare earths and the world is spinning upon the need of rare earths. If you want electronics you need rare earth minerals.

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Hal's curator insight, March 28, 2013 6:48 PM

You might think it's just someone trying to game the system that it was a lobby that made the warning, but really, this is a very serious subject. China controls a huge junk of rare earths and the world is spinning upon the need of rare earths. If you want electronics you need rare earth minerals.

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New process recycles rare earth elements from wastewater

New process recycles rare earth elements from wastewater | Earth Metal | Scoop.it

Rare earth elements are an integral part of many of today's electronic devices, serving as magnets, catalysts and superconductors. Unfortunately, these minerals are also ... well, rare, and thus very pricey. Recently, however, scientists discovered that some of them can be reclaimed from industrial wastewater, instead of being mined from the earth.


The researchers, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, already knew that a nanomaterial known as nano-magnesium hydroxide (nano-Mg(OH)2) could remove some metals and dyes from wastewater. It was also known that the rare earth elements in wastewater tend to be very diluted, and thus quite difficult to remove in a practical, inexpensive fashion.


After studying the manner in which nano-Mg(OH)2 works, the scientists proceeded to produce special flower-shaped nanoparticles of the material. In lab tests that replicated real-world conditions, these particles were able to capture over 85 percent of the rare earth elements diluted in water samples. By subsequently adjusting the pH, it was possible to then separate the captured minerals from the nano-Mg(OH)2.


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Joy Kinley's curator insight, November 1, 2013 11:21 PM

Our computers use many of these rare earth elements with the key word being rare. There is a limites supply of these elements and if they can be recycled we can reuse the materials, make the resource last longer, and hopefully lower the cost.

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Prices, Quotas and Smugglers: Making Sense of Rare Earths in China - Rare Earth Investing News

Prices, Quotas and Smugglers: Making Sense of Rare Earths in China - Rare Earth Investing News | Earth Metal | Scoop.it
Rare Earth Investing News Prices, Quotas and Smugglers: Making Sense of Rare Earths in China Rare Earth Investing News As followers of the rare earths market know, China produces over 90 percent of the world's rare earth elements (REE), meaning...
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Rare Earth Metals Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth ... - DigitalJournal.com

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I recycle rare earth metals

Chemist and Shamngo pioneer Wolfram Palitzsch undertook painstaking research to develop a way of recycling the strategic metals present in solar panels and o...
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