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 Cosmic Background Explorer satellite has discovered the infrared glow of the universe's first generation of stars and galaxies. But its small telescopes could not pick up the "lumps" that indicate the structure of the primordial star systems. Now, two astronomers have found the lumps after analysing data from the European Space Agency's Infrared Space Observatory. It is assumed that galaxies in the process of star formation form these lumps. Interestingly, the data shows that the lumps were already intense in the first billion years of the universe's history, while previously it was thought that star formation started much later ( Science , Vol 286, No 5444).