Problem

Exhaustion of mineral resources

Other Names:
Depletion of mineral resources
Long-term shortage of mineral resources
Nature:

Industrial development has placed increasing demand on the available mineral resources. These resources are non-renewable and methods of recycling tend to be inadequate.

Incidence:

In particular, hydrocarbons and metalliferous ores are extracted without considering long range availability.

Claim:

At present rates of consumption, minerals due to run out within 50 years are copper, lead, mercury, nickel, tin and zinc.

Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
Date of last update
20.05.2019 – 16:25 CEST