I see a huge future industry in mining landfills for these elements.
Not to worry Sam, the good people at ADM, Supermarket to the World, are hard at working developing ways to synthesize Indy-yum and other valuable commodities from corn--yummy, renewable corn!
zinc is recyclable and therefore won't "run out" in 2037.
snooze. watch wall*e instead
Yah, but no recycling process yields 100% of the original substance. A lot of that (or at least some of that) is lost in energy or other byproducts. We definitely have to work on improving our yields of reclaimed materieal if we want to keep making certain products.
Mining garbage dumps isn't that far off. Mabe we'll have to fight the third-world countries to which we export all of our garbage. Garbage wars!
This is not a problem. First of all we can recycle our electronics and get most of the metals back. So we aren't going to run out in the near future (less than 50 years).
By then all you need to do is tow a near earth asteroid or two into orbit and problem solved.
I guess this explains why we are currently filling huge barges with "non-recyclable" castoff junk to send to China on a daily basis. They're quietly stealing our halfnium!
@6, oh man, that's awesome. "all we need to do" is to simply tow an asteroid in... that would end well!
good thing that's never going to be within the human race's technological ability
Dear GOD! (clutch pearls) we MUST create Sustainable Entertainment Technologies PRONTO!
Dammit, it looks like I'm going to have to go back to watching television on punch-cards.
By 2037, it is entirely possible we will be actively mining the Moon and Mars, if not other rocky bodies in this system. Our system is "unusual" in that we have a lot of metal in the rocky bodies here (and the Sun has a lot of metal, too), which is probably because our planetary disc accreted from the supernova of another, previous star. So we can also eventually look to mining Mercury and Venus and the asteroids, if not the moons of Jupiter.
We're going to mine the ocean floor for all this stuff in the next 50 years. Which will be expensive enough that the disposable lifestyle will still have to end.
But do go see Wall-E. It's wonderful.
You know, if they just recycled the monitors like they supposedly do, and made them for easy recycling, this would NOT be an issue.
Which, given the regs in the EU and Canada and Japan, they're going to have to do anyway ...
oh, and zinc is a byproduct of the smelter up in Trail BC so we ain't running out of that anytime soon. Nor is the hydro used to run it, scrub the emissions, and clean it.
The moon has all these things in abundance. The procees of getting us there is already started. We will be mining the moon within ten to fifteen years. It also has helium three. Rare on earth but plentiful on the moon, it is an excellent fuel source.
Moon colony, baby!
All those pre-pubescent years of reading Heinlein are finally going to pay off....!
Aw come on, by that time we can just use our deuterium-fed replicators to gin up any element we want.
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