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The Potential and Pitfalls of Rare Earth Mining

Law Yao Hua, Co-founder, Macaranga | Lee Kwai Han, Environmental journalist

18-Sep-23 15:00

The Potential and Pitfalls of Rare Earth Mining

Rare earth mining is big business for countries with reserves, such as Malaysia, which has an estimated 16.1 billion tonnes of subterranean rare earth deposits. Rare earths are essential for green technology and climate goals, but their extraction and processing can cause environmental and social impacts. Malaysia aims to balance the economic benefits and environmental costs of rare earth mining, and to ensure transparency and accountability in the industry - but how? What are the challenges of rare earth mining? This, and plenty more are explored in Macaranga's recently published article, Unlocking Rare Earth Riches in Malaysia, co-written by environmental journalist Lee Kwai Han, and Macaranga's co-founder, Law Yao Hua. 

They join us to discuss the ethical and social implications of rare earth mining and consumption.

Produced by: Juliet Jacobs

Presented by: Juliet Jacobs


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Categories:  environmenteconomy

Tags:  subterranean rare earth depositsmacarangarare earth miningrare earthsgreen technologyclimate changeenvironmental impactethical consumption





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