In China, Illegal Rare Earth Mines Face Crackdown

Rogue operations in southern China produce an estimated half of the world’s supply of heavy rare earths, which are the most valuable kinds of rare earth metals. Heavy rare earths are increasingly vital to the global manufacture of a range of high-technology products — including iPhones, BlackBerrys, flat-panel televisions, lasers, hybrid cars and wind-power turbines, as well as a lot of military hardware. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Seth Roberts Farber - Dec 29, 2010 - 10:19 AM PST
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Edited by: Ellie Kesselman - Dec 30, 2010 - 12:44 PM PST

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