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5 April 2020, Gateway House

Is rare earth still China’s dominant lever?

The second-most important issue on everyone's mind after the Coronavirus, is Rare Earths - those metallic elements like scandium and cerium, used in every aspect of modern electronics like our cell phones, rechargeable batteries, florescent lighting. The reason is: China. China has the world's largest deposits and production of rare earths, and has not hesitated to withhold its export to countries that disagree with it in the past. 

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Gateway House’s Space Fellow Dr. Chaitanya Giri, and Amit Bhandari, Energy Fellow, discuss whether this is a near and present danger for resources for future growth, or whether like oil, human innovation will find an alternative to this rare mineral.

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