Flow_Dave#11

Resource Efficiency III: The Quarry and the Factory

June 5, 2014  

One of the more frustrating aspects of research is when the data will not conform to ones expectations. This article consumed much more of my time than I would have liked because I had wondered whether China and Australia’s opposite positions as importer and exporter of raw materials might be reflected in their policies towards resource use and efficiency. Fortunately I can report that no such ...

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