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World Lacks Time, Not Minerals for Climate-Saving Technology

The rush for resources to build the new energy infrastructure is only a temporary problem.

Brine evaporation pools at Liex's 3Q lithium mine project near Fiambala, Catamarca province, Argentina, in December 2021. 

Brine evaporation pools at Liex's 3Q lithium mine project near Fiambala, Catamarca province, Argentina, in December 2021. 

Photographer: Anita Pouchard Serra/Bloomberg

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The world isn’t cutting greenhouse gas emissions with anything like the speed required to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change, as the latest United Nations climate report published this month affirmed. Despite this, it’s become a trope of sorts to warn that we’re in danger of going too fast.