πŸ“‘ The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust

Bookmarked The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust by Tim Maughan (bbc.com)

After seeing the impact of rare earth mining myself, it’s impossible to view the gadgets I use everyday in the same way. As I watched Apple announce their smart watch recently, a thought crossed my mind: once we made watches with minerals mined from the Earth and treated them like precious heirlooms; now we use even rarer minerals and we’ll want to update them yearly. Technology companies continually urge us to upgrade; to buy the newest tablet or phone. But I cannot forget that it all begins in a place like Bautou, and a terrible toxic lake that stretches to the horizon.

Tim Maughan reports on the rise of Baogang in Mongolia and consequences associated with mining for rare earth minerals which many of our devices are dependent upon

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