Forbes: Rare Earth Minerals Could Be Sourced Through Outdated Smartphones, Batteries, Wind Turbines

Institute fellow Roger Turner explains what the rare earth elements are and why we need to recycle them.

“The 17 rare earth minerals are not really that rare, geologically,” says Roger Turner, a research fellow at the Science History Institute. Some are more common in the Earth’s composition than lead or copper. “The scarcity comes from economics. It’s about our willingness to pay: either higher prices for metals produced in ways that control and reduce pollution; or to pay the health and environmental costs of not controlling pollution.”

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