The limits to growth and 'finite' mineral resources: Re-visiting the assumptions and drinking from that half-capacity glass

Mudd, G 2013, 'The limits to growth and 'finite' mineral resources: Re-visiting the assumptions and drinking from that half-capacity glass', International Journal of Sustainable Development, vol. 16, no. 34, pp. 204-220.


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Title The limits to growth and 'finite' mineral resources: Re-visiting the assumptions and drinking from that half-capacity glass
Author(s) Mudd, G
Year 2013
Journal name International Journal of Sustainable Development
Volume number 16
Issue number 34
Start page 204
End page 220
Total pages 17
Publisher Inderscience
Abstract The famous 1972 study 'Limits to growth' (LtG) created global controversy about its dire predictions for the 21st century - e.g., global population crash, rampant pollution and resource depletion. Amongst some of the most fervent critics was the mining industry, who argued that mineral/metals are easily recyclable, that exploration and new technology can increase known resources, and that price drives supply-demand balance. This paper will re-visit the fundamental assumptions in the LtG study, comparing them in detail with the mega-trends in the global mining industry over the past century - trends such as declining ore grades, increasing tailings and mine waste rock, more refractory ores, deeper and/or larger mines, etc. This paper therefore provides a unique and thorough assessment of the primal factors governing the sustainability of mineral resources.
Subject Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified
Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Aluminium
Bauxite
Coal
Copper
Iron ore
Lead
Limits to growth
LtG
Mineral resources
Nickel
PGMs
Platinum group metals
Resource depletion
Zinc
DOI - identifier 10.1504/IJSD.2013.056562
Copyright notice Copyright © 2013 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN 0960-1406
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