The most valuable commodity on earth is fresh water. Depleting finite water supplies to extract less critical commodities is short-sighted and unsustainable. This reality will increasingly dictate our policies and procedures. It’s quite literally adapt or die.
The future price of copper and the growth of companies that produce it could hinge on a single precious resource: water.
Mining the important industrial metal requires huge volumes of water to control dust and separate copper from the earth. But a seven-year drought enveloping Chile, the world’s largest producer, is forcing big miners to curb output and pitting them against small communities like this one high in the Andes. Here is a direct video link.