(Dmytro “Henry” Aleksandrov, Headline USA) A new study revealed that tens of millions of people have been exposed to toxic waste because climate change activists on the streets and in politics pushed everyone to transition to “green” energy.
According to Slay News, 23 million people, which is more than the population of the state of Florida, have now been exposed to toxic water runoff from metal mining.
The authors of the report warned its readers of the devastating impacts of the reckless transition to “green” energy.
In addition to that, the report stated that the demand for mining minerals needed for electric-powered vehicle batteries has polluted more than 31,000 miles of rivers and destroyed 16 million acres of farmland.
It was also discovered by the researchers that 23 million people, 5.72 million in livestock, over 16 million acres of irrigated farmland and over 297,800 miles worth of rivers all around the world have been contaminated by mining’s toxic byproducts seeping into the water.
The news source also reported that this metal mining includes many so-called “rare earth elements” that are essential to the manufacture of high-tech solar cells, wind turbines and the batteries that are needed to store sustainable “green” energy.
Additionally, global metals mining has recently faced shocking lawsuits against major tech firms, including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Tesla, with these companies being accused of supporting child slavery in the Congo, where 70% of the industry’s cobalt is sourced.
“Rapid growth in global metal mining is crucial if the world is to make the transition to green energy,” Chris Thomas, a zoologist at the University of Lincoln whose specialty is in spatial ecology and threats to the global water supply, said.
He led the analysis and modeling work for the new study, which was published last Saturday in the well-known magazine Science, as it was reported by Slay News.