Rare earths: the minerals that could save the world?

As governments across the globe grapple with ways to tackle the climate crisis, seventeen critical elements known as rare earths are thought to be central to any future solution. These minerals are crucial to emerging technologies from consumer electronics to wind and solar energy production, making the market for them hyper-competitive.Katya speaks with BBC climate reporter Esme Stallard and veteran broadcaster Misha Glenny about what has become a new geopolitical battleground. We look at the science and diplomacy behind these essential raw materials.The Global Story delivers insights from BBC experts around the world, with Katya Adler. We want your ideas, stories and experiences to help us understand and tell The Global Story. Email us at [email protected] You can also message us or leave a voice note on WhatsApp on +44 330 123 9480.Today’s episode of The Global Story was made by Laurie Kalus and Neal Razzell. The technical producers were Jack Graysmark and Jonny Hall. The assistant editor is Sergi Forcada Freixas and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

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The one big story. Making sense of the news with our experts around the world. Insights you can trust, Monday to Friday, from the BBC. Episodes will be ready by 10:30 GMT.Host Katya Adler and our BBC teams guide you through one major global news story each episode.From Beijing to Boston, Baghdad to Bangalore, our unrivalled reach will take you beyond the headlines to help understand and explore what’s happening.The Global News Podcast brings you the latest updates and, on The Global Story, we will drill deep into a single story.From the climate emergency, to the burning questions around Artificial Intelligence, to the movements of money and markets, and the power of the ballot and the bullet.Katya Adler has been a BBC correspondent and editor for more than 25 years, covering conflicts in the Middle East, political and economic crises in Europe, and drug cartels in Mexico. The Global Story team would like to hear your stories and experiences on the issues that we’re covering on the podcast. Please get in touch: [email protected] #TheGlobalStory and tell us your thoughts on what you would like us to talk about.