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.
Mars Express, the European Space
Agency's planned mission to the
fourth stone from the Sun, Mars,
received the green signal from all
the 14 national delegations recently.
Due to be launched sometime in the
year 2003, Mars Express will be the
first orbiter to use radar to penetrate the Martian surface and map
the distribution of any possible
underground water deposits. It will
also include a lander christened
Beagle 2, complete with its own burrowing robot to collect and analyst
Martian soil samples (New Scientis4
Vol 160, No 2160).