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As we have managed unprecedented population growth (albeit a slowing down of that growth process is in sight) while increasing the material wellbeing and global level of education of an expanding majority, this situation is accompanied by a growing demand for raw materials of all sorts and of energy resources, which seemingly contradicts any attempt towards sustainable development. There are numerous examples of non-sustainable action along the entire resource chain in many places around the world. Jörg Matschullat, director of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Research Center in Freiberg, Germany, takes a look at a leading international resource science literacy program developed in Japan.
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