[LINK] China Blocks Vital Exports to Japan - or not?

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Sun Sep 26 12:03:00 EST 2010


On 2010/Sep/25, at 6:41 PM, Fernando Cassia wrote:
> Am I the only one who sees the risk of relying on "rare" minerals for
> advanced, and at the same time disposable technology?.

Can you expand on this a bit?  I wasn't thinking of Priuses as being  
disposable although perhaps they are.  What of our technology isn't  
disposable?  Stone buildings?  It's not as though we don't at least  
try to recycle electronics:

http://www.zdnet.com.au/e-waste-spring-clean-your-tech-junk-339305330.htm

> If all those
> rare minerals end up on landfills, what are we going to use when we
> run out of them? Dig landfills and re-mine them for recycling?.
>
> Certainly this is not sustainable...
>
> "rare earth minerals" are called "rare" for a reason...



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