of animal life at the hands of man is accepted as just the price of doing
business in this world... important stuff like making
bajillions of cheeseburgers and fomenting endless wars on godless communists
or godful terr'ists.
But in an ironic twist, there's a new form of extinction that threatens
business itself and that's the quickly disappearing stockpile of certain
Yes, the element gallium is almost completely depleted, along with indium
and hafnium. Zinc will all be gone by 2029 and it's a critical component
of the canning process. Get used to buying your soup in a bag.
Without gallium you can't have liquid-crystal displays. Indium is a vital
component of control rods in nuclear reactors. Hafnium (hold onto your
keybords) is used in the production of computer chips.
And somewhere down the line, and not that far off, the copper will run
out. Then we're really in trouble.
The two simple answers to this problem is to start recycling everything
and to start buying less stupid junk. I realize that anti-consumerism
isn't sexy but the alternative is that eventually you'll be impressing
at the office with your new flint spear point. And probably sooner than