We're Running Out of These Elements — Here's How

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  • Published: 07 November 2019
  • Phones, TVs, solar panels, and electric car batteries are all made of some rare and unusual elements. As our modern world creates more and more of these technologies, will things go from "rare" to "nonexistent" and what will we do then?

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Comments • 1 648

  • Jimme2020
    Jimme2020  22 minutes back

    Asteroid mining would solve all the problems......

    • Betty Hancock
      Betty Hancock  1 hours back

      Wonder how much of these things are on the moon? Or asteroids

      • Betty Hancock
        Betty Hancock  1 hours back

        I don't think we're going to have to worry about all this electronics and solar panels much longer. Hopefully.

        • Rich
          Rich  5 hours back

          Graphene will be the material of the 21 century.

          • Mr Monstah
            Mr Monstah  6 hours back

            Graphene is like really easy to make though

            • Ravi Rajyaguru
              Ravi Rajyaguru  7 hours back

              Thanos did have a point though.

              • Lobster Johnson
                Lobster Johnson  8 hours back

                So this is what the Incubus singer is up to these days

                • Gitana Maldita
                  Gitana Maldita  11 hours back

                  Good motivation for asteroid mining?

                  • Randy Wiggins
                    Randy Wiggins  11 hours back

                    Radio Shack had a battery return policy alleged to be recycled but bet they were tossed. Recycling only makes sense in bulk . Car tires still a problem.

                    • Wayne Shilcock
                      Wayne Shilcock  12 hours back

                      China owns most of the rare minerals, so war with China then.

                      • Mi 28
                        Mi 28  14 hours back

                        All that said, recycling is significantly more expensive than mining.

                        • Gandoff2000
                          Gandoff2000  14 hours back

                          Recycling?

                          • Vinder Singh
                            Vinder Singh  14 hours back

                            RECYCLING IS KEY OF SUSTAINABILITY.

                            • derpaderp
                              derpaderp  16 hours back

                              Good video you've become a way better public speaker since I lasted watched you like maybe 2-3 years ago

                              • Devious Verendus
                                Devious Verendus  16 hours back

                                A big issue with the limited resources we have is also just the fact that producers of gadgets and other products push to sell as much as possible and therefore release a new phone every year instead of waiting a few years and preserving our resources

                                • Brian Cossey
                                  Brian Cossey  16 hours back

                                  Indium is no longer necessary because of graphene that is now easy and cheap to make

                                  • Frick
                                    Frick  17 hours back

                                    solar panels are horrible energy sources

                                    • Chad Burton
                                      Chad Burton  18 hours back

                                      China produces the most because they don't deal with the environmental restrictions the rest of the developed world does

                                      • Thomas Mitchell
                                        Thomas Mitchell  20 hours back

                                        This is why Industrial civilisation is and will always be unsustainable. As long as we keep thinking technology will save us we are screwed. This delusional idea that we will figure these problems out will become as big of a problem in the future as the global warming deniers are right now. In truth the religion of technology is in many ways a denial of what is truly sustainable... But we will see. we could always discover something amazing any day now right? just have faith?

                                        • Joshua Snyder
                                          Joshua Snyder  20 hours back

                                          And everybody wonders why the demographic transition in some countries is so much slower than that of other countries... perceiving children as economic assets and things of that nature are just small blips on the big picture. Criticality is one of the main reasons why the demographic transition is slower for these unfortunate portions of the world. It's kind of sad, and there's not much anyone can really do about it.

                                          • Scrap5000
                                            Scrap5000  21 hours back

                                            Arsenic is no longer used to pressure treat wood, for many years now. What else is wrong in this video???

                                            • Nick Tan
                                              Nick Tan  21 hours back

                                              The MAIN problem is OVER supply. There is demand yes but way too much production more than the phone can be sold.

                                              • Rachel Losacco
                                                Rachel Losacco  23 hours back

                                                carbon naNOTUUUUUBES!

                                                • Adam Kelley
                                                  Adam Kelley  24 hours back

                                                  ...or we could mine everything in space and not give up anything, which sounds more like past human behavior to me.

                                                  • Good Bye
                                                    Good Bye  1 days back

                                                    We’re also running out of the elements of surprise and originality in the YouTube comment section. Every other top liked comment is a meme used a thousand times over

                                                    • Mad Machanicest
                                                      Mad Machanicest  1 days back

                                                      were getting to the point were we can mine some of this stuff from space. in short pulling down to earth what we need. tho this is likely a few decades of it likely to happen with in most of ower life times.

                                                      • Jeremy Heartriter2.0
                                                        Jeremy Heartriter2.0  1 days back

                                                        Somebody might consider buying a landfill for future possibilities of using them as mines.

                                                        • quayscenes
                                                          quayscenes  1 days back

                                                          Great info. However, the extreme jump-cut editing is massively annoying. All the presenters sound exactly alike which is also annoying. I would rather see a little personality come through. I can't continue watching this video.

                                                          • D2005 Cre 27
                                                            D2005 Cre 27  1 days back

                                                            Semiconductors and rare metals can be recycled, remember one you a resource it doesn't just simply disappear. Unless it's a fuel that obviously isn't a mere element or doesn't undergo radioactive decay. So to sum it all up we still have plenty of resources the problem being that reusing them isn't very profitable.

                                                            • kumoyuki
                                                              kumoyuki  1 days back

                                                              asteroid mining

                                                              • John Raffaelli
                                                                John Raffaelli  1 days back

                                                                Elements May becoming scarce on Earth for that is why maybe we should Outsource towards the stars and look at some of the asteroids in the Kuiper belt I'm sure there's a whole bunch of elements out there that we have no idea of and a whole lot of fun that we need so food for thought

                                                                • JR Boyd
                                                                  JR Boyd  1 days back

                                                                  So Thanos was right all along. Our resources are finite.

                                                                  • YishayOfStormwind
                                                                    YishayOfStormwind  1 days back

                                                                    i think the increase in price will increase the number of places willing to extract it in the end, so it is somewhat self regulating in the short term.

                                                                    • RMMR
                                                                      RMMR  1 days back

                                                                      Aren't we supposed to run out of gasoline in 1999? Oh wait what

                                                                      • Logan Revesby
                                                                        Logan Revesby  1 days back

                                                                        Here's my expert opinion which I never bothered sharing before, but will be sharing in the comment section of each science channel's version of this video over the next few weeks.

                                                                        • Rowan Streeter
                                                                          Rowan Streeter  1 days back

                                                                          Calls it Indium and then immediately says aluminum... AluminIUM... Can't you morons see that already?!?!?!

                                                                          • H. Kim
                                                                            H. Kim  2 days back

                                                                            When I was a kid in early 80s, teachers at school taught us that we were running out of oil. Now look at the world. The world is still full of oil. Obviously those fake teachers had nothing but arrogance to predict the future. What do those scientists know about the future? They do nothing but fear mongering for their own interests.

                                                                            • Shashank Sam
                                                                              Shashank Sam  2 days back

                                                                              these videos are great thanks for researching

                                                                              • bryphi77
                                                                                bryphi77  2 days back

                                                                                You lost me at electric cars and climate change. Lol... You sound like a good tard influencer... I mean shill.

                                                                                • Being Human
                                                                                  Being Human  2 days back

                                                                                  We still have a lot of sarcasm

                                                                                  • Sub To pewdiepie & mrbeast

                                                                                    It’s called space

                                                                                    • THE BUDDHA 420
                                                                                      THE BUDDHA 420  2 days back

                                                                                      Let’s have machines do it all problems solved

                                                                                      • Pedja Vukmirovic
                                                                                        Pedja Vukmirovic  2 days back

                                                                                        So congo is next to recieve us democracy

                                                                                        • Robert Theisen
                                                                                          Robert Theisen  2 days back

                                                                                          The law of conservation of mass dictates that we will never run out of any elements. They may become difficult to obtain, but they will never disappear.

                                                                                          • Daniel Brizuela
                                                                                            Daniel Brizuela  14 hours back

                                                                                            What about helium? Once it's out, it's gone for good..

                                                                                        • Jon
                                                                                          Jon  2 days back

                                                                                          They haven't used arsenic in pressure treatment wood in the United States for about 20 years.

                                                                                          • James Ryan
                                                                                            James Ryan  2 days back

                                                                                            Just like beer bottles and cans, a recycle fee should be placed into the product retail value. When the device is returned, the premium will be returned. Those who could care less about a premium will still throw away their junk, but there will be an incentive for others to clean that up for profit. Add a refundable $100 to a phone and there won't be many phones escaping the recycling industry.

                                                                                            • DedaBr1
                                                                                              DedaBr1  2 days back

                                                                                              Asteroid mining?

                                                                                              • Nekdo BrezIdentitete
                                                                                                Nekdo BrezIdentitete  2 days back

                                                                                                Thanks to Atlas Pro and channels dating farther back, this isn't news.