Good job bringing this to light. People won't realise how huge the problem is and municipalities are woefully ill equipped to...
Agreed; mining can never be sustainable, but then how do you get the metals to make all the things you need in the course of...
Very good piece.
The scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, US have found two new planetary systems. In one of the systems, 123 light-years from Earth, two planetary bodies are circling a star. One of the two may be the biggest planet known to us. The head of the planet-searching team, Geoffrey Marcy, said a star called HD168443 in the constellation Serpens, was being circled by a planet 17 times more massive than Jupiter. It is the largest planetary-like object to be found beyond our own Solar System. In the second system, two planets were found orbiting a star in a gravitationally synchronised 'dance'.