In China, Illegal Rare Earth Mines Face Crackdown (NY Times)

We’re doomed! We pollute and exploit the poorest even to make “clean” energy. Turns out that mining “heavy rare earths”  — red clay rich in dysprosium, terbium and europium found in the world’s poorest areas — is “vital” to manufacture high-tech hardware … including wind-power turbines and hybrid vehicles.

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