The History of Steelmaking, and Why It Has a Long Way Yet To Go

By: John A. Lanier

Humans have been making steel for more than two millennia. In its modern form and scale though, steel is responsible for a significant portion of annual carbon dioxide emissions. The whole industry will need to adopt a range of technologies and practices to reduce its negative impact, and steel recycling companies are helping to lead the way.

It’s history lesson time in ye olde favorite environmental blog (probably not your favorite, but please let me live on in bliss). This time, I’m going to write more than you care about one of the most important industries on earth - steel. Trust me, this one is going to be a slag, I mean slog, so consider grabbing a drink at the (re)bar before settling in. As far as industries go, it’s a dirty one, so I’ll need to put some lipstick on this pig iron. Though you’ll feel like you’ve been through a crucible when I finish, I hope you’ll come out smarter. Okay, I need to stop with the puns if I want to keep my reputation stainless.

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