Future Of Metals | June 8, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 23 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 87 Issue 23 | pp. 53-57
Issue Date: June 8, 2009

Future Of Metals

Developing sustainable supplies of metals will rely on smart product design and more efficient recycling
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Sustainability
Keywords: metals, recycling, waste metal, sustainability

Could metals become extinct? That question has popped up in magazine articles and in the blogosphere in response to predictions by several scientists—taken out of context—that some metals running up against high demand and low supply could go the way of the dinosaurs.

Metals can’t really become extinct because their atoms are immutable, at least under most conditions. But it’s not such a farfetched idea that as world population and the average standard of living . . .

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