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

  • 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 • 1 607

  • Mad Machanicest
    Mad Machanicest  2 hours 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  4 hours back

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

      • quayscenes
        quayscenes  4 hours 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  5 hours 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  5 hours back

            asteroid mining

            • John Raffaelli
              John Raffaelli  6 hours 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  6 hours back

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

                • YishayOfStormwind
                  YishayOfStormwind  7 hours 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  9 hours back

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

                    • Logan Revesby
                      Logan Revesby  9 hours 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  10 hours back

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

                        • H. Kim
                          H. Kim  11 hours 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  12 hours back

                            these videos are great thanks for researching

                            • bryphi77
                              bryphi77  12 hours 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  14 hours back

                                We still have a lot of sarcasm

                                • Sub To pewdiepie & mrbeast

                                  It’s called space

                                  • THE BUDDHA 420
                                    THE BUDDHA 420  14 hours back

                                    Let’s have machines do it all problems solved

                                    • Pedja Vukmirovic
                                      Pedja Vukmirovic  14 hours back

                                      So congo is next to recieve us democracy

                                      • Robert Theisen
                                        Robert Theisen  16 hours 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.

                                        • Jon
                                          Jon  16 hours back

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

                                          • James Ryan
                                            James Ryan  17 hours 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  17 hours back

                                              Asteroid mining?

                                              • Nekdo BrezIdentitete
                                                Nekdo BrezIdentitete  17 hours back

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

                                                • Greg Benwell
                                                  Greg Benwell  17 hours back

                                                  The crazy part is everybody tells us to reuse, recycle and re-purpose, yet every day these minerals are just thrown away and NOBODY recycles them at all!!! THEN there are guys like me, who every body gives me crap because I drive a 20 year old V8 powered truck.....but what they DO NOT UNDERSTAND IS, I reuse, recycle and re-purpose WAY MORE than your average person does in a single lifetime and I have been doing it since I was 14 years old and I am now 55 years old!!! And thus explains why I drive a 20 year old truck that doesn't LOOK pretty, BUT it runs like it did when it was new and I do upgrades and mods to it to make it "better than new" as I test new methods on it all the time!!

                                                  In other words a lot of people "talk the talk" about how to "save" and "conserve" where I actually DO!!! And NOT for the reason you think.....you see for me it isn't about "saving the planet" as much is "I am flat broke and cheap"!!! So when I see busted up lumber or a broken computer I don't see "junk" laying there.....I see things I could build with it!!! And like I say I have done this for more than 40 years of my life.....so take that environmentalists that call me a "gross polluter"!!! I do more to recycle and reuse than anybody I KNOW!!!!!

                                                  • John Smith
                                                    John Smith  18 hours back

                                                    We have to redirect Asteroids towards earth and then mine the impact craters.
                                                    Or back to a landline.

                                                    • Arterexius
                                                      Arterexius  18 hours back

                                                      I personally disassemble old HDD's and distribute each piece individually for scrap. I sell all the electric wiring (no matter whether it's gold, silver or copper) as well as the aluminum and the neodymium magnets. That's a win for us as a civilization, a win for the climate and a win for me cause I get to make some money out of spending some of my spare time taking hard drives apart.

                                                      • MrYerak5
                                                        MrYerak5  19 hours back

                                                        Why not use alon as trensperent screens?

                                                        • Bearcat Ben
                                                          Bearcat Ben  20 hours back


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                                                          *S P A C E*

                                                          • Holden Saaring
                                                            Holden Saaring  22 hours back

                                                            Oh gee... Recycling was the FIRST thing that popped in my mind before even watching the rest of the video...

                                                            • Ashrune
                                                              Ashrune  23 hours back

                                                              Microsoft is already experimenting with glass for storing data

                                                              • General Zubbis
                                                                General Zubbis  1 days back

                                                                I hope one day we will be able to mine asteroids, or extract natural resources from other planets.

                                                                • rico567
                                                                  rico567  1 days back

                                                                  This is one of the most compelling reasons why we must move out into space- new resources. Metals, in particular, end up over time in salts and residues that are unrecoverable on the ocean floor. So it’s compelling to find new deposits or our technological world gradually deteriorates, and with no means of rebuilding.

                                                                  • Tom Noyb
                                                                    Tom Noyb  1 days back

                                                                    Appealing to science is fine, but be guided by the Word. In Genesis3, God commands Adam to make his living scratching the earth. A blessing and a curse. There are plenty of minerals in the earth, if Leftists quit blocking access? Clean yes, but dig.

                                                                    • Jon Swaffield
                                                                      Jon Swaffield  1 days back

                                                                      Stepping back from the hi-tec focus of this, they could have mentioned Phosphorus. There are various estimates of when the easily mined phosphate rich rock in the western sahara will be exhausted. Yes, that's correct: Phosphorus as in Phosphate as in fertilizer as in food, the Green Revolution. Personally I'd rather eat than have a smart phone to play stupid games on.

                                                                      • Mike Mondano
                                                                        Mike Mondano  1 days back

                                                                        "Ant-tim-moany"? Really? Where do they find these people?
                                                                        And we aren't running out since these elements don't leave the Earth - they simply get harder to find in more concentrated forms.

                                                                        • Girom Christian Calica

                                                                          Diamond sword to major steve

                                                                          • Wolfreign Valenford
                                                                            Wolfreign Valenford  1 days back

                                                                            anarchy duh. im going to kill you & you & you & you & then you & you & you & probably get be killed in one of the processes while being successful at some or most in Killing.

                                                                            • SaltpeterTaffy
                                                                              SaltpeterTaffy  1 days back

                                                                              How do you recycle Helium? Isn't it lost forever once it's in the atmosphere?

                                                                              • Aaron Ecuyer
                                                                                Aaron Ecuyer  1 days back

                                                                                this is why asteroid mining will be important in the near future.

                                                                                • Andrew Dillon
                                                                                  Andrew Dillon  1 days back

                                                                                  1st off "Emissions" don't cause climate change, BUT, i hear that in the USA, "SAID EMISSIONS" cause crusty socks....

                                                                                  • Jakey Poooh
                                                                                    Jakey Poooh  1 days back

                                                                                    Nuclear energy is way better

                                                                                    • 007kingifrit
                                                                                      007kingifrit  1 days back

                                                                                      we should outlaw the selling of smart tech to the 3rd world and save it for ourselves

                                                                                      • 007kingifrit
                                                                                        007kingifrit  17 hours back

                                                                                        @John Smith sounds right to me!

                                                                                      • John Smith
                                                                                        John Smith  18 hours back

                                                                                        But we will give them a $1 hour to mine our arsenic reserves.

                                                                                    • Aaa Aaa
                                                                                      Aaa Aaa  1 days back

                                                                                      LUNAR AND ASTEROID MINING IS THE ANSWER!

                                                                                      • John Smith
                                                                                        John Smith  18 hours back

                                                                                        Its 10,000 per gram to ship in space. If the moon was made of Gold it would cost $15,000 an onze to go get a $1000 an once product.

                                                                                    • Hobo Aquatics
                                                                                      Hobo Aquatics  1 days back

                                                                                      We are running out or we are not. Your title and what you say does not align.

                                                                                      • Catherine Ma
                                                                                        Catherine Ma  1 days back

                                                                                        Japanese are already making Olympic medals from old electronics. Of course, gold, silver and copper aren't in the rare metal list here but every country should be Japan on this issue.

                                                                                        • The Ram
                                                                                          The Ram  2 days back

                                                                                          Investments have been made to restart mineing and extracting of rare metals in the U.S. but china is ramping up supply and dumping it on the market to keep prices low. Just like dji did to every domestic drone maker in the America. Will this happen again??

                                                                                          • Drive-By Troll
                                                                                            Drive-By Troll  2 days back

                                                                                            As long as you brought up "China" and then "recovering plastic from a milk jug"...

                                                                                            • northerniltree
                                                                                              northerniltree  2 days back

                                                                                              This is why I chose to build my own cell phone out of Legos.