Tesla CEO Elon Musk is reportedly considering taking the company into the mining business to gain more control over its supply chain and the scalability of raw materials for its electric car and battery work. Amid the backdrop of expected global shortages of key components in the future, will tech companies like Tesla and Apple get involved in mining projects themselves, or should they invest in better monitoring and collaboration with mining partners?
Is deepsea mining justified, and can it be made safe? A host of companies are pursuing ocean mining as a lucrative source of minerals critical to the technologies we depend on, but international criticism is building as concerns over ecological damage and questions marks over accountability stack up. Our senior energy writers Molly Lempriere and JP Casey debate the issues at hand.
While the auto industry has never stood still, the rise of electric vehicles and emergence of a new middle class in countries like India and China is changing the industry at a much faster pace than ever before, sending shockwaves through the mining world. Molly Lempriere and Jack Unwin take a close look at the modern relationship between the industries and ask, what does the future hold?
In May, the 142-year-old London Metal Exchange appointed former banker Gay Huey Evans as chair of the board, the first female to hold the prestigious role. But that’s not all that’s changed at this venerable institution. To find out more, we look back at the notable events in its history.