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Metal Sustainability : Global Challenges, Consequences, and Prospects (Hardcover) (Reed M. Izatt)

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This book brings together current material on the challenges associated with improvement of metal sustainability in metal life cycles. Special emphasis is given to precious, specialty, toxic, and radioactive metals. Global societal effects related to metal sustainability are presented and discussed including health, environmental, political, industrial, and other stakeholder issues. Current information is provided about metal sustainability issues in China and other non-OECD nations.

Topics covered include:
• Our Potential Metal Supply
• Application of Green Chemistry to Metal Life Cycles
• Global Management of Electronic Wastes
• Global Metal Reuse, and Formal and Informal Recycling from Electronic and Other High-Tech Wastes
• Metal Life Cycles: Effect of Metal Losses on Human Health and the Environment
• Metallurgical Recovery of Metals from Electronic Wastes
• Status and Future Prospects for Platinum Group Metal, Rare Earth Metal, and Specialty Metal Sustainability
• Economics of Metal Sustainability
• Role of Government in Metal Sustainability
• Metal Sustainability from an Industrial Perspective
• Future Prospects for Global Metal Sustainability

The aim of this book is to improve awareness of the increasingly important role metals play in our high-tech society, the need to conserve our metal supply throughout the metal life cycle through application of green chemistry principles, the importance of improved metal recycling, and the dire effects that unhindered metal loss can have on the environment and on human health. The material presented will be useful to scientists, engineers, and other researchers in the field; policy makers as they consider alternatives; companies as they make key decisions that impact how metals are used and how products and processes can be optimized to enhance recycling, and the press/media as they communicate with the public.

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