Mineral Futures Discussion Paper: Sustainability Issues, Challenges and Opportunities

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Giurco, D., Evans, G., Cooper C., Mason, L., Franks, D. (2009). Mineral Futures Discussion Paper: Sustainability Issues, Challenges and Opportunities. Prepared for CSIRO Minerals Down Under Flagship, by the Institute for Sustainable Futures (University of Technology, Sydney) and the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute (University of Queensland).
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Minerals and metals will continue to play an important role in underpinning the future prosperity of our society. However, to confront the challenge of sustainability, the way in which resources are currently used, and might usefully be used in future, merits serious and broad discussion. This paper explores the background issues relating to mineral futures as a first step in the three-year research program of the Mineral Futures Collaboration Cluster – a collaborative program between the Australian CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation); The University of Queensland; The University of Technology, Sydney; Curtin University of Technology; CQ University; and The Australian National University.
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