The world will have to hugely increase its consumption of minerals, and to find sustainable ways of exploiting them, if it is to replace fossil fuel technologies with renewables, researchers say.
The disappearance of ice from the planet's North Pole currently in progress means unprecedented access to minerals and energy that have been trapped beneath the surface for ages.
Reading this week's New York Times headline -- "U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan" -- many probably wondered how this information was being presented as "news" in 2010.
Afghanistan was thought to be a hardscrabble wasteland good for producing little more than opium -- that is until a gang of American geologists working from old Soviet maps uncovered a variety of mineral deposits thought to be rich enough to radically alter our whole concept of Afghanistan and the war to control it.
You've heard of conflict diamonds, but did you know there might be blood on your cell phone? This PSA brings a little-known aspect of the conflict in Eastern Congo to light and offers a suggestion on how global consumers can help.