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When Every Non-Renewable Resource Will Run Out, And How Humanity Will Deal

Given the multitude of products made from non-renewable resources, it is concerning that many of Earth’s essential commodities are running out. Renewable energy is becoming more popular, but these technologies are still in their infancy and won’t be able to replace every non-renewable material we need to keep our society going. Fossil fuels usually get the most attention when we discuss important environmental issues, but there are other critical non-renewable resources to consider. Water, rare elements, and even sand are also at risk.

Many staples of modern life, including computers and other advanced technologies, rely on minerals and ores that can take millions of years to form through natural processes. As countries like China and India continue to develop, the demand for these finite materials is skyrocketing. It’s only a matter of time before humanity runs out of the basic building blocks of of the modern world, and a massive resource shortage could be closer than you think. While scientists are developing ways to save non-renewable resources, the future remains uncertain. This is why finding ways to help the environment is so vital – and as of 2018, these are all the resources that have nearly reached their limits.

 

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