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The dirty side of renewable energy

Clean technologies rely on a wide range of metals sourced from unsustainable mining.
Mineral extraction damages local communities and environments, destroying cultures and biodiversity in the process.
Human rights and conservationist efforts are put at risk due to mining.

Read more (The Big Think)
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Responsible minerals sourcing for renewable energy

The transition towards a renewable energy and transport system requires a complex mix of metals – such as copper, cobalt, nickel, rare earths, lithium and silver – many of which have only previously been mined in small amounts. Under a 100% renewable energy scenario demand for these metals could rise dramatically, and require new sources of primary and recycled metals. Recycling and responsible sourcing are fundamental to improving the sustainability of the renewable energy transition.

Read more (Earthworks.org)
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Translation is creative

People often think that translations are meant to reproduce their source texts, like a photocopier. But this is a long way wide of the mark, because of course every language is different. In fact, the process is much more complicated – and interesting. Because you can never say exactly the same thing in another language, translators use their imaginations to write the book again, only with different materials, for readers with different expectations. It is more like making a sculpture than taking a photo.

Read more (The Conversation)
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Modest Model Mariah Idrissi and Hijabs

WHEN Mariah Idrissi pulls one of her many hijabs from a bag during photoshoots, stylists often mistake it for a skirt.

Read more (The Sun)