Powering our digital lives and green technologies relies on some of the Earth’s most precious metals. China dominates much of the rare earth minerals industry. Many consumers are unaware of are the conditions under which rare earth minerals are mined and traded, and the environmental, economic, geopolitical, and human costs of this new reliance. Presented in collaboration with ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas with Paul Barclay and Guillaume Pitron.
Guillaume Pitron, who was born in 1980, is a French award-winning journalist and documentary-maker for France’s leading television channels. His work focuses on commodities and on the economic, political, and environmental issues associated with their use. The Rare Metals War is his first book, and has been translated into eight languages. Guillaume Pitron holds a master’s degree in international law from the University of Georgetown (Washington, DC), and is a TEDx speaker.
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