Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Rare Earth Elements: Another Environmental Fiasco in China's Green Industries

This article from SCMP (link here) documents the horrendous environmental and health effects of China's rare earth elements industry.  The irony of course is that rare earth elements are a critical component in many "green" technologies.  And yet, these very un-green externalities are common across China's green industries.  See for example the heavy energy consumption of solar panel production in China.

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