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Increasing global demand for metals is straining the ability of the mining industry to physically keep up with demand (physical scarcity). Yet social issues, including the environmental and human health consequences of mining as well as the disparity in income distribution from mining revenues, are disproportionately felt at the local community level. This has created social rifts, particularly in the developing world, between affected communities and both industry and governments. Such rifts can result in a disruption of the steady supply of metals (situational scarcity). This presentation will discuss: 1) societal dependence on mining to lift people out of poverty and, 2) the resulting issues we face in dealing with the present and future impacts of mining on human health and welfare, particularly in developing countries. Resolution of these issues will require community-government-industry-academic partnerships and the development of transdisciplinary research-based solutions to the intertwined problems of physical and situational scarcity. Such solutions will have to consider the complexities of sustainable mining, from social license to operate to community well-being, life cycle analysis including the production, use, and reuse of metals, and the ecosystem services used to obtain them.
Raina M., Maier ( presenting )
Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Contribution proposed for:   oral presentation
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