nvironmental damage caused by mining and refining processes like smelting are not uncommon.
In the last two years alone, one site lists 10 major tailings dam failures alone; environmental damage from tailing ponds is only the thin end of the wedge when it comes to the wider remit of potential environmental consequences arising from mineral extraction.
Yet not one of those events listed was in China, despite half the world’s metals being refined and produced there, and a sizable proportion of the world’s mines being in China.
Why is that? Is it because these incidents don’t happen in China?
I think we know that’s not the case. No, the reality is there has been a conspiracy of silence around the environmental consequences, not just abroad but in China, as well.