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Whyalla Steelworks, where workers might lose their jobs as operator Arrium goes into voluntary administration. Wayne Thomas/Flickr

A grim future for Arrium, Ford and Queensland Nickel workers?

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.
Major development banks are funding logging, mining and infrastructure projects that are having enormous impacts on nature. Here, forests are being razed along a newly constructed road in central Amazonia. William Laurance

Development banks threaten to unleash an infrastructure tsunami on the environment

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.
A river flows into the Indian Ocean along South Africa’s Transkei coast, where residents are resisting a titanium mining project. Epa/Nic Bothma

Local anger is rising against South Africa’s ‘resource curse’

South Africans living in communities along the country's east coast are engaged in intensive protests against mining companies, despite rising danger.
Zimbabwe needs more responsible diamond mining companies, not fly-by-night operators. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Why Zimbabwe’s diamond mines need better regulation, not state ownership

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.
The Australian government seems to think fossil fuels need help, when businesses are deciding otherwise. Coal image from www.shutterstock.com

Fossil fuel growth centre harks back to old ideas about climate costs

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 The Australian government seems to think so, but that sort of thinking is out of date.
Pregnant women in three Australian cities are not told that lead exposure during pregnancy is linked to miscarriage and early delivery. Flickr/Luca Montanari

Pregnant women and parents misled about dangers of living with lead pollution

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.

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