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  • Rare earth mining in China: the bleak social and

    Mar 20, 2014Rare earth mining in China: the bleak social and environmental costs. The pond, owned by the Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare-Earth Hi-Tech Company, or Baotou Steel, lacks a proper lining and for the past 20 years its toxic contents have been seeping into groundwater, according to villagers and state media reports.

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  • Thanks to Democrats China Monopolized the Rare Earth

    China is "seriously considering" restricting rare-earth exports to the United States, the editor in chief of the Chinese tabloid Global Times said on Tuesday. Rising tensions have led to concern that Beijing will use its dominant position as a supplier of rare earths for leverage in the

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  • Rare earth element

    A rare earth element (REE) or rare earth metal (REM), as defined by IUPAC, is one of a set of seventeen chemical elements in the periodic table, specifically the fifteen lanthanides, as well as scandium and yttrium. Scandium and yttrium are considered rare earth elements because they tend to occur in

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  • US Wants to Stop Being So Dependent on China for Rare

    Jun 20, 2019That, and other consequences of rare earth mining, can have a seriously harmful effect on the environment. New discoveries of U.S. deposits of rare earth minerals are only part of the story.

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  • China's Contentious Rare Earth Elements Market

    Dec 06, 2015Rare earth elements can be found in a wide variety of products, including: mobile phones, control rods and thermal shields in nuclear reactors, magnets, decolorized glass, catalysts for the steel industry, Pigments for the ceramics industry, pharmaceuticals, gas mantles, night-vision goggles, computer hard drives, televisions, lasers, radars, batteries for hybrid electric vehicles, and wind

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  • Our smartphone addiction is costing the Earth

    The phone ads aren't telling you everything. The mining and manufacturing processes have very real environmental consequences. As our appetite for new mobiles grows, so too does the impact on the world and its occupants. And these are finite resources,

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  • Rare Earth Elements and National Security

    Oct 17, 2014Overview. Eugene Gholz analyzes the economic and security consequences of China's central position in the global rare-earths market. He discusses the evolution of the rare-earths market, which is critical to many defense, energy, and other high-tech products, and potential vulnerabilities posed to global trade resulting from China's near-monopoly

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  • Shiny Metals, Dirty Consequences: The Toxic Truth Behind

    Group 10. You are reading this article thanks to 16 of the 17 rare earth metals found in smartphones and laptops, but may not be aware of the consequences of using such metals. Rare earths are essential to modern life and the future of green technology such as wind turbines and catalytic converters.

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  • Amid Tension, China Blocks Vital Exports to Japan

    Sep 23, 2010Amid Tension, China Blocks Vital Exports to Japan. Chinese customs officials are halting shipments to Japan of so-called rare earth elements, preventing them from being loading aboard ships at Chinese ports, industry officials said on Thursday. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao personally called for Japan's release of the captain,

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  • US

    May 27, 2019Unless the Pentagon has been quietly stockpiling rare earths, a declaration of China rare earth export embargo would be a huge strategic escalation. However, it would have huge consequences as well for China in an escalation that quickly could get out of control. At this point a China rare earth ban remains an unspoken threat only.

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  • Rare earths: Beijing threatens a new front in the trade

    Jun 04, 2019Rare earths — a group of 17 obscure minerals that are embedded in our digital lives — have been thrust into the centre of the US-China trade war following warnings by Beijing that it

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  • China Wrestles with the Toxic Aftermath of Rare Earth

    Jul 02, 2019Globally, rare earths are not, in fact, that rare, but they are expensive to extract if done in ways that cause less harm to the environment. The mining industry in southern Jiangxi Province was largely unregulated until recently, with illegal mining operations proliferating.

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  • New fluorescent lighting phosphors slash use of rare

    New fluorescent lighting phosphors slash use of rare-earth elements. They discovered a green phosphor that eliminates lanthanum completely and reduces the terbium content by 90 percent, while a newly-identified red phosphor is rare-earth element-free by eliminating both europium and yttrium. The blue phosphor in current use is already low in rare-earth elements.

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  • Rare

    The rare-earth element concentrations are not typically affected by sea and river waters, as rare-earth elements are insoluble and thus have very low concentrations in these fluids. As a result, when a sediment is transported, rare-earth element concentrations are unaffected by the fluid and instead the rock retains the rare-earth element concentration from its source.

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  • Radiation Effects on the Photoluminescence of Rare

    The effects of radiation on the luminescence of europium- doped lanthanum zirconate (LZO) are reported in this work. Rare-earth doped ceramic oxides are effectively inert under various ambient conditions, including high temperatures, humidity and oxidizing environments.

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  • Rare Earth Minerals Turn Villages to Ruins

    Jul 25, 2012that rare earth refining process causes great environmental pollution and destruction. People are unaware of the specific dangers of this project, and the specialists involved in the decision-making.

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  • Tailings Ponds Are the Biggest Environmental Disaster You

    Aug 07, 2014The size of the Mount Polley mine breach may be unprecedented, but whether it's gold and copper mining in British Columbia or tar-sands mining in Alberta, the environmental impact of the process has become a near-constant controversy in Canada under Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party government.

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  • America's Rare Earth Ultimatum: A Solution to Rare Earth

    May 28, 2019For the most part, costly burial of rare earth resources continues today, such as at Florida phosphate mines, even though rare earth materials are recoverable. Light rare earths, like those found in the Mountain Pass deposit, contain low levels of thorium below

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  • America's critical minerals problem has gone from bad to worse

    May 02, 2018From minerals that are ubiquitous in the supply chain, such as copper and steel, to those that are very specialized—like rare earth elements and beryllium—America's technological superiority hinges on maintaining reliable access to key materials. Without access to such minerals, our precision-guided missiles will not hit their targets,

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  • Regulation of environmental and health impacts in the rare

    Regulation of environmental and health impacts in the rare earth element industry. Additionally, the ores contain variable amounts of impurities such as non-target toxic metals, fluorine and radionuclides that may be released from the ore during processing into the product or waste streams, and/or represent safety issues to the workers.

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  • Escalating trade tension a red flag for rare earths

    The most immediate consequences on any restriction on Chinese rare earth exports to the US will be higher rare earth prices, which will hurt industries and consumers in the US. Supply-chain shift

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  • Digging Deeper: Rare Earth Metals and the U.S.

    Jun 21, 2019That is because of China's greater control over its more consolidated rare-earth-metals industry and larger share of the world's rare-earth-metals smelting capacity. But China's most potent lever might actually rest in its policy choice.

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  • Rare Earth Elements

    Rare Earth Elements. China poured billions into the industry, ignoring the consequences. We obtained this video from a freelance cameraman showing the area near Baotou, China's rare earth capital, where the air, land and water are so saturated with chemical toxins, the

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  • The Geology of Rare Earth Elements

    Rare Earth Placer Deposits. Weathering of all types of rocks yields sediments that are deposited in a wide variety of environments, such as streams and rivers, shorelines, alluvial fans, and deltas. The process of erosion concentrates denser minerals, most notably gold, into deposits known as placers.

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  • Environmental Risks of Mining

    Another example of harmful dust generated is flue dust, a byproduct of mining fluorine. According to the Chinese Society of Rare Earths, every ton of REE produced generates 8.5 kilograms of fluorine and 13 kilograms of flue dust, waste materials which contain the heavy metals discussed above (Schuler et

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  • A Visit to the Only American Mine for Rare Earth Metals

    Feb 21, 2012Rare earths are used in a wide variety of electronics and clean energy technology. Somewhat counterintuitively, rare earths are not rare in the earth's crust; however, they tend to be dispersed in tiny quantities throughout the crust. They're often located within minerals such as bastnaesite and monazite,

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