Rehabilitating old mines is a crucial responsibility for the industry. But many Australian mine sites have been simply left alone or left for the taxpayer to fix.
Space mining could generate a massive resources boom. Here's a way to make sure the benefits of that boom reach everyone on the planet.
We hear a lot about how essential coal and other mineral exports are for Australia. Is it true? Only for a relatively small section of the population.
Informal mining and invasive illegal mining have the same illegal status under law in South Africa. But is all informal mining the same? And should it all be deemed illegal?
Cape York's ecosystems are worth as much as the Queensland economy.
The outlook is not good for those who may lose their jobs as a result of mining company Arrium going into voluntary administration, according to the latest OECD report.
Big new investors such as the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank are key players in a worldwide infrastructure, and that could be bad news for the environment.
Growing population, growing demand for food, climate change: Australia's rural lands are facing a number of pressures. So how can we sustainably use them in the future?
South Africans living in communities along the country's east coast are engaged in intensive protests against mining companies, despite rising danger.
Australia needs to move beyond mining graphite and invest in processes that convert it into synthetic diamonds and use it to create carbon fibres.
Even if the price of iron ore remains low, Australia is still well placed to benefit from this resource in the future.
Increased competition and weak commodities prices will pressure to the mining sector to cut costs.
Zimbabwe has said it will take over all diamond mining operations in the country. But what is needed to maximise revenues isn't state ownership, but improvements in existing regulatory practices.
Do fossil fuels need saving from efforts to combat climate change? The Australian government seems to think so, but that sort of thinking is out of date.
BHP’s board has navigated well through mining's highs and lows and still passed the shareholder value test.
The decline in commodity prices means African countries must work that much harder to encourage both local and foreign smaller and junior mining companies.
Parents in three Australian states are being given misleading advice about the dangers of lead to babies and small children – including failing to warn pregnant women about miscarriage risks.
Shopping for a gold ring? New guidelines seek to be the rough equivalent of Fair Trade for small-scale gold mining.
Anglo American has announced it will cut 85,000 jobs worldwide, as profits slump and mining communities bear the brunt of the commodities crunch.
There are ‘fossil free’ campaigns at 15 Australian universities, but yet no university has fully committed to divesting in fossil fuels.