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
Date of last update
01.12.2017 – 12:07 CET