An industrial plant in Baotou, in Inner Mongolia, China. Photo: Shutterstock An industrial plant in Baotou, in Inner Mongolia, China. Photo: Shutterstock
An industrial plant in Baotou, in Inner Mongolia, China. Photo: Shutterstock

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The Rare Metals War delves into the dirty industry behind clean energy

French journalist Guillaume Pitron digs up the dirt on rare metals, vital components in clean energy technologies. But while his book is quick to denounce the industry’s politics and extraction methods, particularly in China, his solution is dubious

Topic |   Rare Earths
An industrial plant in Baotou, in Inner Mongolia, China. Photo: Shutterstock An industrial plant in Baotou, in Inner Mongolia, China. Photo: Shutterstock
An industrial plant in Baotou, in Inner Mongolia, China. Photo: Shutterstock
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