There’s more to e-waste than the discarded monitors, cell phones and other electronics.
No amount of post-consumer recycling can recoup the waste generated before consumers purchase their devices.
The mining industry in South Africa needs an inclusive model that builds on and improves shared value.
As companies and governments attempt to intensify extraction, cultural resistance offers a space for imagining alternative futures.
Artist’s impression of a solar-powered satellite on a mining mission.
The first step to mining an asteroid is finding a suitable candidate. Scientists estimate there should be some ten nearby targets.
A mythical Amazonia of lost tribes or lost cities is easy to challenge on a factual basis, but such objections appear rather feeble in the face of the power of cliché.
The Cree community of Peawanuck, located in northern Ontario, is confronting the realities of a changing climate and increasing pressure from mining companies.
Many Indigenous communities across northern Ontario are facing increased pressure to bring their land-use planning and decisions under the jurisdiction of the province
Corporates are willing to embrace corporate social responsibility initiatives. But many fail due to cultural insensitivity and misplaced communication strategies.
Sexual harassment against women is more prevalent in male dominated sectors such as mining and agriculture.
A culture of male dominance in rural Australia is a key explainer for the high rate of sexual harassment in rural workplaces.
Fill a tank with water, sugar, and old mobile phones. Add bacteria and stir. Result? Rare earth metals. This is biomining, and it's the way of the future.
A painting by Sakubei Yamamoto.
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Throughout the centuries, a number of coal miners have documented their lives with paintings. Some of their works are now in museums and bring the stories of the "pitmen" back to life.
Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska. Plants on the Arctic tundra absorb mercury from the air, then transfer it to soil when they die.
How do mercury emissions from industrialized countries reach the remote Arctic? Recent research shows that plants on the tundra absorb mercury vapor through their leaves, then pass it into soil.
The legacy of the dirtiest of fuels – coal – has the potential to deliver a low carbon energy future.
Copper and other minerals will be increasingly important to the growing renewable energy sector.
In the decades ahead, our mineral supply will still need to double or triple to meet the demand for electric vehicles and other renewable energy technology.
Rural areas across South Africa are hosting battles for control of land.
A different form of state capture is underway in South Africa's rural areas where traditional leaders are selling off people's land to miners. But communities are fighting back.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leave the Prime Minister’s office holding copies of the federal budget in Ottawa in March. Would Canada benefit from a Budget Honesty Charter of the type that’s had success in Australia?
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Australia's Charter of Budget Honesty could be easily adopted by Canada. Such a charter can include suggestions for constraints and rules that encourage fiscal discipline.
A total 91 per cent of men surveyed at work sites in northern British Columbia said they were interested in learning about healthy eating.
A new workplace wellness program leverages masculine interests and targets blue-collar men - with success.
Public lands along the south fork of the Snake River in southeastern Idaho.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke calls himself "a Teddy Roosevelt guy," but supports many actions that critics call anti-conservation, such as shrinking national monuments and fast-tracking energy projects.
Sand for use in hydraulic fracturing operations at a processing plant in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin in 2011.
AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)
Overuse of sand for construction and industry is harming the environment and fueling violence around the world. Scientists explain why we need international rules to regulate sand mining and use.
Unemployed South African workers wait for scarce jobs as the economy struggles to create employment.
South Africa's recently announced economic recovery plan failed to break away from the cumbersome neo-liberal line.
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A gold rush brings in lots of money in the short-term, but leaves a toxic legacy.