Mineral supply for sustainable development requires resource governance

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Abstract

Successful delivery of the United Nations sustainable development goals and implementation of the Paris Agreement requires technologies that utilize a wide range of minerals in vast quantities. Metal recycling and technological change will contribute to sustaining supply, but mining must continue and grow for the foreseeable future to ensure that such minerals remain available to industry. New links are needed between existing institutional frameworks to oversee responsible sourcing of minerals, trajectories for mineral exploration, environmental practices, and consumer awareness of the effects of consumption. Here we present, through analysis of a comprehensive set of data and demand forecasts, an interdisciplinary perspective on how best to ensure ecologically viable continuity of global mineral supply over the coming decades.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Mineral supply for sustainable development requires resource governance
Series title Nature
DOI 10.1038/nature21359
Volume 543
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Nature
Contributing office(s) Mineral Resources Program
Description 6 p.
First page 367
Last page 372