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Interdisciplinary Environmental Review
Interdisciplinary Environmental Review


Special Issue on: "Rare Earths and Other Critical Metals"

Guest Editor:
Prof. Sophia Kalantzakos, New York University, USA

As the world seeks to move to a low carbon economy in order to reverse climate change and jump-start the global economy, an awareness of the importance of a number of critical metals is rapidly growing. Rare earths are among the most vital elements in the development not only of green technologies such as hybrid cars, wind turbines, solar panels and efficient lighting, but also for defence applications, computers, new TVs, smart phones, etc.

Over the past few years, China's sharp reduction of export quotas for rare earths has brought to light supply problems with other critical materials as well. China's effective monopoly of extraction and processing, along with its ability to offer a complete supply chain, has given rise to widespread international governmental actions, further scientific research, investment for resource diversification, and a series of growing geopolitical tensions.

One consequence has been that there is now considerable investment in finding substitutions and in the development of efficient recycling and reuse techniques to address the resource scarcity and resource nationalism that has begun to emerge in response to China's monopoly.

This examination of the material issues in green technology addresses questions of innovation, supply and demand, as well as the developing geopolitical context; its goal is to help delineate one key obstacle in transitioning to a low carbon future.

These issues attract a wide audience in the economy, mining, international affairs, industry, engineering, and environmental studies programmes and policy think tanks.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Rare earths
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Battery technology
  • Efficient lighting
  • Resource scarcity
  • Geopolitical implications of green growth
  • Substitution of critical materials

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (Conference papers may only be submitted if they were not originally copyrighted and if they have been completely re-written.)

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 September, 2012*

Notification to authors: 30 October, 2012

Final versions due by: 30 November, 2012

* Because of the vital importance of the theme to the natural environment, public and commercial policy and the many disciplines it touches we would like to urge you to submit as early as possible.