Innovation needed to overcome biodiversity risks of renewable energy mineral mining

2 Sep 2020
Copper mine
An open-cut copper mine. Copper is one of the mined materials needed to produce large-scale renewable energy.

Researchers have warned that mining threats to biodiversity caused by renewable energy production could surpass those averted by climate change mitigation.

A University of Queensland study found protected areas, key biodiversity areas and the world’s remaining wilderness would be under growing pressure from mining the minerals required for a clean energy transition.

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