The Geopolitics of Climate Change: The Race for New Energy

MIN READJul 9, 2021 | 18:56 GMT

A worker moves soil containing rare earth minerals at a port in China.

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Not all strategic implications of climate change are driven by immediate physical impacts. Political and social responses to future risks are also driving the acceleration of research and development of alternative energy systems. And these, in turn, are influenced by economic and technological factors that enable or constrain future deployment. In the race to reduce dependence on carbon-producing fossil fuels as the primary energy source, a specific set of minerals are emerging as the key determinants of success. And like oil and gas, viable deposits of these new energy minerals are not evenly distributed across the globe....

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