RE SPECIAL: Shock & Ore

Published: Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Fears of a supply shortage outside China have triggered a global rush to develop alternative sources of rare earth elements, critical to defence and clean energy technology. Mark Watts looks at the sweeping changes facing the industry.

Over the last year the rare earths industry has been propelled from obscurity to the fore of international media, sparked by fears of a Chinese stranglehold on the supply of these strategic minerals.

Rare earth elements (REE) have always been useful, and while the role they play has not changed,...

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