The Dark Side Of Our Insatiable Thirst For Rare Earth Metals

Mining for rare earth minerals is responsible for a mounting environmental crisis in China.

In a video from PBS, Lindsey Hilsum of the Independent Television News explains how rare earth processing, — which is crucial for such goodies as hybrid cars — is a messy, toxic, polluting business.

 

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