An insatiable demand for the copper, lithium and rare-earth metals required to fuel the consumer electronics and electric vehicle industries is leaving indelible scars on our fragile planet
Humans as a species are remarkably adaptable and will likely survive most things... many other species will go extinct as a result of human action, and many individual humans will pay a very high price, but I think extinction of humans is unlikely in the near term at least.just to be clear, neither the "planet", nor the "environment" give a sh1t what we do to them - maybe if we all started talking about the extinction of the human race, we'd do a bit better
It's interesting that people react very differently to agriculture than other land uses.It's certainly not something we should ignore, and more regulation and control should be done, but it's not the biggest problem we have.
Agriculture has been changing/harming the environment for centuries. Britain looks like it does because of farming - the Lake District would be mostly forest without sheep farming. Areas of rainforest that would swallow all these mines are being cleared every year - or possibly every day - just to produce beef, soya and palm oil.
So I'd agree mining a problem, but not number one, or even two or three. As Xinix says, it's benefit currently outweighs its downsides, though we could do it better.
Survive a hole in the ground?Humans as a species are remarkably adaptable and will likely survive most things... many other species will go extinct as a result of human action, and many individual humans will pay a very high price, but I think extinction of humans is unlikely in the near term at least.
Easily survivable if it is totally away from any inhabited areas, at high altitude, and fenced off.Survive... as a species almost always yes, as individuals maybe not.
Well it does seem to be very colourful and it’s not as though this is not the case in many parts of the world where mankind manufacture other products on a large scale.Sorry, but what am I supposed to be looking at in the article, apart from the over-excitable headline?
I can see some holes in the ground and some evaporation ponds.
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