Over the past few days, Australia’s ABC Radio National broadcast not one, but two items on rare earth metals, to both of which I heartily recommend listening.
The first item was broadcast on the Breakfast program on Friday, and lasts a little over 6 minutes. It’s an introductory piece on the subject, but spends significant time discussing the environmental issues surrounding rare earth production in Australia. You can listen to the piece on the program’s Rare Earths Metals segment Web page or by clicking below:
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The second piece, first broadcast on the Background Briefing program this past Sunday morning, lasts for over 45 minutes and is an comprehensive, in-depth study of the rare earth metals, their markets and associated supply chain, environmental and political issues.There is also a pretty decent-sized portion on rare earth permanent magnets and their applications, for which, in the interests of full disclosure, I was interviewed :-)
As producer and narrator Stan Correy says:
China currently produces about 95% of the world’s rare earths, which are metals which are essential to modern living and used all around us every day. In business it’s a volatile mix, with complex political alchemy for every government, including Australia.
The program features several interviews of a variety of individuals from a number of different sectors, in addition to yours truly.
You can listen to the piece on the Background Briefing Rare Earths and China program Web page or by clicking below:
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Stan did a great job in explaining what can be a difficult subject to convey. He also included a link back to Terra Magnetica – so thanks, Stan, for that!