Renewable energy production will exacerbate mining threats to biodiversity

  title={Renewable energy production will exacerbate mining threats to biodiversity},
  author={Laura J. Sonter and Marie C. Dade and James E. M. Watson and Rick K Valenta},
  journal={Nature Communications},
Renewable energy production is necessary to halt climate change and reverse associated biodiversity losses. However, generating the required technologies and infrastructure will drive an increase in the production of many metals, creating new mining threats for biodiversity. Here, we map mining areas and assess their spatial coincidence with biodiversity conservation sites and priorities. Mining potentially influences 50 million km2 of Earth’s land surface, with 8% coinciding with Protected… 
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