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UNEP report finds that metal recycling rates need to improve to support growth in clean technologies

May 27th, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, recycling rates of metals are in many cases far lower than their potential. Less than one-third of some 60 metals studied have an end-of-life recycling rate above 50 per cent and 34 elements are below 1 per cent recycling, yet many of them are crucial to clean technologies […]

Human resource consumption is far beyond what is sustainable

May 15th, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

By 2050, humanity could consume an estimated 140 billion tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per year – three times its current appetite – unless the economic growth rate is “decoupled” from the rate of natural resource consumption, warns a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme.