The Rush is on to Mine Greenland's Resources

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 31st Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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As Greenland's ice melts, conglomerates are lining up to explore the land's riches.

Chomping at the bit to lay waste to Greenland

By mid-July of this year, an astounding 97 percent of the ice sheet on the surface of Greenland had thawed, and an island iceberg twice the size of Manhattan had broken away from its main glacier. This is great news to the mining companies who are lining up to extract the island's "rare earths". Rare earths are used in the production of cell phones, computers, batteries, electric automobiles, wind turbines, medical devices and a host of other technologies.

China, which has more than 90 percent of the reserves of these rare elements, has warned that its supplies are dwindling, despite their placing of quotas on the exports of these materials.

The rush is on

The European Union, in partnership with Greenland, is attempting to form a mining agreement which includes exploration for rare earths, along with exploration for gold and iron, as well as gas and oil drilling. However, Mikkel Myrup, with the local environmental organization Avataq, has warned that Greenland's government has no capability to regulate mining practices. "We do not have the institutions ready, or the competencies, and we are facing a huge invasion from many big multinational companies."

Mining and drilling in and around Greenland has until now been impossible because of the massive 150-meter thick ice sheet that covered the land, but the astounding ice melt this summer has opened the door for a corporate onslaught upon the island.
According to an article in commondreams.org, "Environmental concerns around rare earths mining include...

Improper disposal of waste water from the mines
The use of toxic chemicals in the mining process
Transport of products to and from the mine sites
Some rare earths are likely to be found in deposits that also include uranium, leading to the dispersal of uranium dust
"

Links: Ice Island Twice the Size of Manhattan Breaks off Greenland
Extreme Melting in the Arctic

Photos from commondreams.org

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Environment, Environmentalism, Greenland, Mineral Extraction, Minerals, Mining, Rare Earths, Steve Kinsman

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Jerry Walch
31st Jul 2012 (#)

With no way to control those mining operations, I see an environmental disaster on the horizon for Greenland and, by extension, the whole world.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
31st Jul 2012 (#)

I do as well Jerry. Thank you for commenting.

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author avatar Robb714
1st Aug 2012 (#)

My resources tell me Russia has more resources than China and Japan combined but not the resources to mine them, check it out and get back to me.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Aug 2012 (#)

Maybe it's a good thing for the health of the planet that Russia hasn't the resources to do it.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Aug 2012 (#)

Looks like it is going to be a free for all, all night party with a terrible hangover to follow! Moderation has been thrown out of the window everywhere. Thanks Steve for your concern which we all share - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you Siva. I appreciate that.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Aug 2012 (#)

oh dear, another oh dear from me...ditto Siva and thank you Steve...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Aug 2012 (#)

And thank you cnwriter.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
10th Aug 2012 (#)

We continue the rush to destruction of our world. Let's pray for a Savior.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Aug 2012 (#)

No savior coming - we must save ourselves. Thank you Ivyevelyn.

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